2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

A Regional Difference: Examining the Differing Levels of Violence in Post-Conquest Spanish America
Nicholas A. Rupel
Dr. Marc Becker, Faculty Mentor

The goal of this project is to compare the levels of indigenous resistance the Spanish encountered in the former Inca and Aztec Empires after conquering them. While conflict on the scale of open war subsided quickly in the Mexican region, Spanish attempts to subdue the Andes were met by repeated indigenous revolts that took decades to put down. While this project will draw mainly on primary sources, specifically accounts from both the indigenous people and the Spanish of both regions, there will also be a significant amount of secondary sources used as background material and to cite prior analysis relevant to this project. Much of the prior research on this topic has focused on how the indigenous people of the Americas adapted to the Spanish, but there is not as much focus on the conflict between them. Hopefully this paper can help to fill this gap in the historical discussion.

Keywords: Spanish, Indigenous, Inca, Aztec, resistance, Mexico, Andes

Topic(s):History Senior Seminar

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 101-1
Location: MG 2001
Time: 8:00

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