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AP Spanish Literature Views Colonial Artifacts During Visit to the Newberry Library

On Tuesday, March 2, AP Spanish students visited the Newberry Library in Chicago. The field trip was part of the unit "Testimonios from the Exploration of the New World," in which students were asked to compare and contrast the indigenous perspectives with that of the Spaniard's during colonial times.
While at the Newberry, students had the chance to see an original letter and map written in 1524 by the infamous conquistador Hernan Cortes to King Charles V of Spain. In the letter, which students previously read excerpts of in Spanish, Cortes details his exploits and the people he encountered in the new world. Then, students viewed the original Mayan sacred text "Popul Vuh" and had the opportunity to ask questions about the evangelization work of Franciscan monk Bernardino de Sahagun. Additionally, students also enjoyed learning how illustrations were colored using tiny bugs called cochineal and how paper was produced in the colonial age.

Many thanks to our hosts at the Newberry Library for a wonderful visit!

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