Explorers Unit

Conquest of Mexico and Peru

Prescott's Conquest of Mexico and Peru

From 19th Century American historian William Prescott, both volumes of his influential account of the Conquistadors. One of the issues with this time period is the lack of primary resources - those of the Native Americans are lost or indecipherable while the conquistadors had priorities that made efficient record-keeping difficult. While Prescott's books are almost 170 years old, they contain a wealth of interesting material and are exciting "reads". Reviewers compare them favorably to the very best historical fiction.
USED WITH: COLONIZATION DAY 1: THE SPANISH AND THE FRENCH

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Hobbes and Locke

Thomas Hobbes and John Locke

Thomas Hobbes published Leviathan in 1651, at the end of the English Civil War. He argued that man was fundamentally selfish and that the best government was a strong, centralized monarchy. John Locke, writing a few decades later, held that governments can only derive their power from the consent of the governed and that governments exist to protect our natural rights. Both their primary texts are available for download here. The reader is warned that while Locke is a clear, lucid writer - Hobbes is difficult and never avoids using ten words where one would do.
USED WITH: COLONIAL LIFE DAY 1: ENGLAND IN THE 17th CENTURY

LEVIATHAN (pdf) TWO TREATISES (pdf)