WH – Cortez and Pizzaro

How many Natives lived in America before the European invasion? How many Native lives were lost in the next few generations? What were the causes of their population free fall? Why didn’t the Europeans and Africans meet the same fate?  These are some of the questions we will begin to investigate in today’s class.

Also, we will be looking at the Conquests of Cortez and Pizzaro.  Students will read a short overviews of both accounts of the fall of the Aztec and Inca civilizations.  Students will then get into small groups where they will act out scenes from the stories.  I will encourage students to cover the most important scenes, and use great enthusiasm.

Links to the readings: Aztecs, Incas

Students Acting Out Scenes: Pizzaro Conquers Incas

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