1492 – 1734 Early Encounters Spanish Colonies

Key Ideas

1. Women played critical roles in the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

2. Spanish and Native women in the Spanish colonies found many ways to challenge and subvert the patriarchy of Spanish colonial society.

3. Native women played a proactive role in tribal responses to Spanish colonization.

4. The cruelties of the encomienda and enslavement systems fell particularly hard on women.