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SPA 202: Intermediate Spanish

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The identification and analysis of primary sources are essential parts of historical research.  Some primary sources are, of course, only available in the library or archival collection that owns the documents.  Others maybe transcribed and even translated in books or on web sites. 

Using Primary Sources

Using primary sources can help you choose or develop your understanding of who Columbus was, what he accomplished and the significant impact that his voyages and interactions with native populations had. There are a wide variety of primary sources related to Columbus and his voyages--from his own diaries, his contemporaries writings, historical visual depictions of both individuals and landscapes--available in translation.

Here are a few primary sources you will want to consult:


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