Chronicles from and about the New World: The Early Historical Narratives from the Spanish Conquest to Cultural Appropriation
CSU, Chico Visiting Professor of Spanish
This presentation is subtitled, “The Early Historical Narratives from the Spanish Conquest to Cultural Appropriation.” Dr. Delgado begins by examining the European interests served by Christopher Columbus’ voyages to the “New World”: the church, the crown, and private wealth. He maintains that the publication of the 1520 report of Hernan Cortes helped start the full-blown conquest of the New World by Europeans. This report established the understanding that the indigenous people of the New World were not just a “natural people,” but had created sophisticated civilizations and empires of their own. Dr. Delgado also shares other historical accounts of the New World. Dr. Delgado’s appearance was jointly sponsored by the CSU, Chico Department of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and by Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society.
Recorded: October 25, 2012