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Digital Resources For Latin American History

Marc Jason Gilbert, John Maunu, and Rick Warner


     The following resources can be used by students, teachers and researchers to further engage the field of Latin American history. While most of these links have been stable for some years, it is possible that in time some will change or be removed. Included are links to sites maintained by college and universities, as well as library, archival and other institutional resources available to the public. It concludes with a resource list for leading instructor guides, student study guides, lesson plans and exercises in Latin American history that have a world history focus or element.

Premier University and Organization Sites

George Mason University Center for History and New Media

Index, Description and Links to sites such as:

—The Mesoamerican Photo Archives based on an exhibition and the Getty Institute's collections, presents the work of some 30 photographers, both Mexican and non-Mexican, produced between 1857 and 1923. By making hundreds of photographs available and placing them in a clear, historical context.

—A PreColumbian Portfolio: An Archive of Photographs offers a database of painted and carved vases from the ancient Maya cultures of southern Mexico and Central America of the Classic Period (200-900 CE).

Colonial Latin America by Peter Bakewell and others includes 72 images (paintings, woodcuts, photographs and graphs), 18 written texts (poems, letters, reports, maps) and two songs.

Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 developed by Dana Leibsohn, Smith College and Barbara Mundy, Fordham University, is a bilingual website (Spanish and English) which centers on 31 images of objects, buildings, sculptures, drawings, and paintings from all over Spanish America. The images are displayed in a gallery, and each image is paired with a discussion (of roughly 200 words each) explaining its use and origin.

—The exhibit "Mexico: From Empire to Revolution" developed by the Getty photographic archive.

—The "Mexican-American War and the Media" project from Virginia Tech provides transcriptions of newspaper articles related to the Mexican-American War of 1846-48.

—The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures created by the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress contains 68 short films produced during the Spanish-American War of 1898-1902. The collection calls attention to the way in which the emergence of the American Empire coincided with--and was in important ways shaped by--the birth of the cinema.

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age is a companion site developed by the American Memory Project which commemorates the Spanish-American War of 1898 that ended Spanish colonial rule in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines, and began U.S. control of these areas. It contains 39 pamphlets, 13 books, and one journal, all published between 1831 and 1929.

—The Castro Speech Database contains English translations of thousands of speeches, interviews, and press conferences given by Fidel Castro between 1959 and 1996.

—The British Library's "Caribbean Views" site presents a collection of more than 100 visual images and texts housed in the British Library in London. The items were chosen to represent contrasting views of life in the British colonies in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries.

University of Texas

University of Texas at Austin Benson Latin America Collection

—Online resources and guides, and online exhibits, with versions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Map collection:

—University of Texas Maps of the Americas

For all Latin American Studies, by discipline:

—Latin American Network Information Center, LANIC


The site of the Hispanic American Periodical Index: the most important Latin American History search engine for journal literature.

H LATAM Discussion Database:

—Far fewer messages than APWorld!
—good resource links, archived discussions

Professor-maintained Sites

Professor Stephen Volk, Oberlin College

—massive site, nicely organized, multiple links by nation

Professor Kris Lane, William and Mary College

—general research links, strong on South America, slide shows

Professor Marc Becker, Truman State University

—strong on Colombia and Zapatistas, some general links as well

Paul Halsall, formerly of Fordham University and the University of North Florida

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is an indispensible resource, It features primary sources and links to documents and essays on Latin American history and society. Sources are in the public domain and copy-permitted. Related subsets include:
[Colonial Latin America links and documents]
[19th century Latin American links and documents]
[Powerful index to Latin America and Mexico links]
[What is Peronism?]

By Topic

Early History html

Columbian Exchange [By Alfred Crosby ]

Columbian Demographic Catastrophe

Commodities and Latin American Silver in World History

Simon Bolivar's Dream of Independent Latin America

Manifest Destiny

Emiliano Zapata and John Steinbeck

Women of the Mexican Revolution

Latin America in the First World War

Diego Rivera and Jose Orozco

Fidel Castro

The Many Faces of "Che" Guevara

Latin America and the Cold War[as seen in 1986] {[Dissertation on the art of the period] [El Salvador's place in the Cold war in Latin America]

Neo-Liberalism and Latin America
[Article on Open Veins: 5 Centuries of Pillage of Latin America, by Eduardo Galeano, the book Hugo Chavez slipped to President Obama]

The New Latin Left

Evo Morales,28804,1733748_1733757_1735592,00.html

Hugo Chavez

Film Resources

Latin and South American film/cinema is treated by subject/topic in Wikipedia such as

Teaching Guides, Lesson Plans, Links and Other Resources
Teaching Latin America:  A Comparative Approach by Richard Sigwalt, from April 2008, "Perspectives on History,"  American History Association magazine.
["World History: Latin America" Humanities lessons on Latin America]
"Countries of South America," curriculum unit from Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute, by David Raccaro.
[Skidmore College Latin America Student Resources by Professor Jordana Dym]
[Latin American and Caribbean links from the Mellon Library]
[Latin America on the Internet]
[World History Archives links to sites in social and labor history, resources for further study]

[AP Central College oard Special Focus unit dealing primarily with the 20th century]
[ geography lessons around the World]
"South American Immigration:  Argentina," curriculum unit from Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute, 1990 by Wanda A. Velez.  Note bibliography on South American immigration at the end of the unit.
[Aztecs, Mayans and Incas history and Lesson Plans]
Latin American lessons from North Carolina University-Chapel Hill—for middle and high school.
Latin American lessons for 1st-7th grade from Macomb High School, Michigan
Curriculum unit: "African Influence on the Arts and Culture of Latin America," by Tawayne Weems.
Latin American socioeconomic indicators lesson plan.
[Latin America Student Subject guide from Hofstra. Thanks to Elena E. Cevallos. Note "clickable" links at end of this large site]
[6th grade lesson plan for Latin America, but note links to other Latin American history in middle of the site]
[Middle School lessons on Latin America]
[Latin and Caribbean links--Columbus interactive exercises, Calypso music and dance]

Georgia Education Department teaching unit:  World Geography:  Latin America, updated in 2008.
[Latin America and Caribbean history and links]
[Smithsonian encyclopedia: U. S. Latino history and culture]
[Latino bibliography]
[A virtual tour of the Mayan port of Xel Ha and resources for the study of Mayan seaborne trade]
Dr. Jewel Clark, South Mountain Community College, compare and contrast assignments, one comparing and contrasting Chuck Close and Frida Kahlo art works.  You will have to download the art works yourself if you wish to use the assignment.
Includes many articles on Latin American History by feature writer Tony Dunnell]
["Latin America since 1826" on-line course (North Carolina State University) thanks to Dr. Richard W. Slatta. Note lessons links on left of page]
[Pearson World History Study site: "Revolution! Contested identities in Latin America, 1750-1914]

Marc Jason Gilbert is Professor of History and the NEH Endowed Professor of World History at Hawaii Pacific University . He can be contacted at

John Maunu is an AP/College Board World History consultant, an AP World exam Reader/Table Leader and teaches AP World and AP European history at Grosse Ile High School on Grosse Ile, Michigan. He can be contacted at

Rick Warner is Associate Professor of Latin American and World History and Associate Dean of Students at Wabash College in Indiana. He can be contacted at


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