Student Research Projects
The New World Exploitation Enriched the Old World
|Student||Rebecca Davis, '18|
|Department||Foreign Languages and Literature|
|Course||Spanish 313: Seminar in Hispanic Cultures|
The Old World began to transform and develop a trading system based on riches provided by the indigenous people, but in the American colonies, they were losing their freedom and wealth of their lands at the expense of the Spanish empire. This research connects the perspectives from experts on Mexican and European advancements during the New World civilization, and the history still tangible in the YucatÃ¡n Peninsula, Mexico. Jack Weatherfordâ€™s perspective from his work Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World contributes context for the contrasting values between the Europeans and indigenous peoples in regard to wealth and riches. Lynn Harry Nelsonâ€™s commentary in \"The Discovery of the New World and the End of the Old\" extends the viewpoint of Spainâ€™s new impact on European trade and wealth because of the contributions of Mexican riches. Modern cities and ruins in the YucatÃ¡n Peninsula are a testament to how the Old World benefited from mining in Mexico, and indigenous people of the Americas exploited and their civilizations were destined to facilitate the prosperity and growth of the European nations.