Colonial Latin America and British North America. These are two areas where people lived. These people are the Spaniards and the British. The two groups are very similar, but at the same time, entirely different. The aspects of their social norms or ways of living can be considered fairly pre-modern and similar. It is the differences that determine which group of colonies was better. So, which group was better, the British North Americans, or the Colonial Latin Americans? Which of them had the better system, the most productive way of living, the way that makes the most sense. Is it the social hierarchy of the British North Americans with family hierarchy, or the Colonial Latin Americans with racial hierarchy? The belief that would enter most people’s minds almost automatically would be that British North America seizes the title no questions asked. But this essay will discuss the later. Socially, the Colonial Latin Americans were far superior to the British North Americans. The structure of British North America and Colonial Latin America are similar. They are both hierarchies but in different ways. The British North American hierarchy was family, gender, and wealth based while the Colonial Latin American was different. If you were a European, it was based on your place of birth and how long you have been living in the new world. For the British North Americans, there were two different kinds of people. There were the “better sort” and the “common people” (Main). Everything was opinion based. If people thought highly of you, you were higher on the social ladder. However, if you were looked down on, you were lower. Land was a large factor of status. It “depended almost exclusively on the accumulation of landed wealth” and “possession of land” (Orosz, Main). Overall, the British North Americans were very petty in that way. They didn’t care about anything other than wealth. The people in Colonial Latin America were a little different. Here, social status depends on “birthplace and race” for the most part (Orosz). If a person was native born to Europe (both European parents and born in Europe), they were considered a higher class. While some of these people still had to work, they were high class. The people who were natives born in the new world had almost the exact same rights as the people born in Europe. However, they were looked down upon for being born in the new world. These people are called mestizos. They are one level to the hierarchy. The next level would be the slaves and indentured servants. They were used to complete more labor and were at the bottom of the food chain. As people not born to Spaniards, they were looked down upon. They did much of the work and were believed to be almost disgusting compared to the Spaniards. However, they did get work done. British North Americans did not really have a slavery system. And even if they did, it would most likely fall through with the focus on gaining the land of Cuba. The British put a lot of energy into getting this land and in the end, failed. The British still took a part in the slave trade and didn’t want to mess with it too much. To purchase or receive Cuba’s land could potentially do that. This risk could turn off the idea to the Cuban people of giving away their land. The Spanish had control of Cuba though and they did not want to lose their slaves. The British didn’t want to “meddle with the status of slavery” because they wanted to stay friends with the Spaniards (Rippy). The British needed help from Cuba. They had outstanding loans that Cuba could potentially help pay off. If the British could receive Cuba and get that help, they would be good. This is another reason the British are petty, they need help so they try to persuade another country by taking it. The Colonial Latin Americans had a different take on slaves. They embraced the concept. They didn’t try to take land from others to help pay off loans. They didn’t have loans because of the work…
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Development of Slavery in Virginia
It is known that slavery did not just up and start in 1619. The first African Americans that arrived in Jamestown in 1619 on a Dutch trading ship were not slaves or were they free. It was not automatically a sure thing. Slavery slowly developed overtime. It was very clear that they (African Americans) could get out and be indentured servants under the British Common Law. The British Common…
Latin American Synthesis
Latin America is a region of over 8 million square miles. There are over five hundred million people and many of the romance languages are spoken. The people of the region come to be as different as the region itself. Latin America is a very diversified region, but through modernity in Latin America all the countries have been interconnected by religion, language and economy.
First and foremost religion has shaped modernity, and has shaped the region. People were…
aliens” (188) Many of these illegal immigrants had obtained stolen identification to work in the United States. Which lead their case to not only be an immigration issue but also a felony for the stolen identity, making ICE’s case more important to Americans. People went as far as comparing ICE to a modern day Salem Witch Hunt, where ICE, would go on there “sweeps” of different businesses and location where they believed harbored illegal immigrants.
Proposition 209 in California is another example…
The Society for Latin American Anthropology
Changes in the SLAA's definition of "Latin America" have gone hand in hand with changes in the intellectual, social and political goals of the Society. As then president Michael Kearney wrote in an open letter to the membership published in the Society's April 1997 column in the Anthropology Newsletter:" (Until recently the society's membership) was centered in North America while its objects of study were primarily to the South of the United States…
Slavery in the United States existed from the early years of the colonial period; it was firmly established by the time the United States sought independence from Great Britain in 1776. However, by 1804, all states north of the Mason and Dixon Line had either abolished slavery outright or passed laws for the gradual abolition of slavery. In 1787 Congress prohibited slavery in the Northwest Territory. But slavery gained new life in the South with the cotton industry after 1800, and expanded into the…
Latin American Immigrants
Thirteen percent of the United States' population is comprised of immigrants. “Nearly 11.6 million Mexican immigrants reside in the United States, accounting for 28.3 percent of all U.S. Immigrants. “1 These numbers only account for the documented immigrants, most Latin American migrants have illegally crossed the Mexico-United States border. The one's coming from Latin America have an especially challenging and dangerous journey to the Rio Grande river. They travel…
Fall of Slavery in the New World
Author: David Brion Davis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
• Ties together a number of historical, philosophical, and sociological issues
• Generally very readable and informative
• Includes background information on Western slavery in general
• Narrative is a bit disorganized at times and wanders in some places
• History of American slavery and the issues surrounding it
• Describes slavery as a process…
Slavery in the United States was a form of unfree labor which existed as a legal institution in North America for more than a century before the founding of the United States in 1776, and continued mostly in the South until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865. Most slaves were black and were held by whites, although some Native Americans and free blacks also held slaves; there were a small number of white slaves as well.
. Slavery spread to the areas…
came crashing down, upon the arrival of Spaniards in the New World. The birth of colonial nations came about in the same stride that death came to indigenous populations. Modern Latin America has conflict built into its system because that is what it has mostly seen for the past five hundred years. In Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America, John Charles Chasteen supports the argument that Latin America's problems developed due to its violent origins and history of conquest. From…
American Slavery 1619-1877
“American Slavery, 1619-1877” by Peter Kolchin gives an overview of the practice of slavery in America between 1619 and 1877. From the origins of slavery in the colonial period to the road to its abolition, the book explores the characteristics of slave culture as well as the racial mind-sets and development of the old South’s social structures.
This paper is divided in two sections. The first…