Rhetoric in Latin America

Authored by: Susan Romano

The Handbook of Communication History

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415892599
eBook ISBN: 9780203149119
Adobe ISBN: 9781136514319

10.4324/9780203149119.ch23

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Abstract

Picture the history of Latin America as you may have received it through schoolbooks or film: First, a handful of European adventurers uses political chicanery and brute force to overturn glittering Aztec and Incan empires; then, utopia-minded friars conduct a spiritual conquest through ritual and education; meanwhile European settlements displace already settled peoples, and a new economy dependent on forced labor emerges. All the while, outbreaks of European diseases decimate immunologically defenseless populations. So goes the drama of early encounter.

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