Read e-book online A Companion to Latin American History PDF

By Thomas H. Holloway

ISBN-10: 1405131616

ISBN-13: 9781405131612

The Companion to Latin American History collects the paintings of top specialists within the box to create a single-source assessment of the various background and present developments within the research of Latin America.

  • Presents a cutting-edge assessment of the background of Latin America
  • Written by way of the pinnacle overseas specialists within the field
  • 28 chapters come jointly as a superlative unmarried resource of knowledge for students and students
  • Recognizes the breadth and variety of Latin American background by means of delivering systematic chronological and geographical coverage
  • Covers either historic tendencies and new components of interest

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Specialized economies, on the other hand, allowed localization and more intimate linkages with specific types of environments, such as big game hunting in open terrain, fishing, and shellfish collecting along coastlines. Other societies seasonally combined different hunting, collecting, and possibly incipient horticultural strategies by practicing long-distance transhumance between different environments and/or by establishing exchange relations with other groups to access a wider variety of resources.

The Spanish introduced a number of aggressive plants that took over large areas: some were weeds; others were grasses. The Spanish were also pastoralists as well as farmers, and brought with them cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, horses, donkeys, and other animals that thrived in the New World and which in turn altered the environment in dramatic ways. It is estimated that cattle herds in Mexico doubled every 15 years during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, so that beef became a very inexpensive commodity.

Until we carry out inter-site and intercontinental studies of organizational strategies and mobility patterns, we will not more fully understand the peopling of the Americas. Several new directions need to be taken in the future of first American studies. First, we need to use the ecological conditions of resource exploitation and the resource structures of population distributions to explore the shifting organization and relationships through time of different scales of specialists, generalists, mixed strategies, and interactionalists.

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