Strickler, Jeremy; Purkey, Lynn C.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Four main facets characterized Spanish colonialism in Latin America and contributed to the persistence of inequality and exploitation in colonial institutions – conversion, easy money, centralism, and political violence. The facets of conversion, easy money, centralism, and political violence are not institutions in themselves, but rather practices and logics of Spanish colonialism whose presence can be seen in social, political, and economic institutions and traced throughout history despite changes and developments in institutions. These facets’ entrenched presence in the foundations of Latin American social, political, and economic institutions has manifested throughout the shared and unique histories of Latin American countries. The facets’ lingering impacts and logics can be traced in key shared events in Latin American countries’ histories, namely the Independence Wars in the 1800s, the latifundia land ownership system, and the debt crisis in the 1980s. Additionally, the facets are visible in the notorious Dirty Wars in Chile and Argentina, periods of terror and abuse perpetrated by the militarized state.
A special thank you to Dr. Jessica Auchter for encouraging and challenging me through the research process as my project developed and changed, and thank yous to Dr. Jeremy Strickler and Dr. Lynn Purkey for serving on my committee.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Latin America--History; Latin America--Politics and government
Eckler, Camden, "Prevailing facets of Spanish colonialism: the roots of exploitation and inequality in Latin America" (2020). Honors Theses.