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Prof. Ruiz does a great job of explaining how diverse Spain was at the time that Ferdinand and Isabella united the Iberian peninsula (he discusses regional and religious differences) and how that diversity continued and shaped "Spanish" policy. In particular, he does an excellent job explaining the policy differences pursued in Castille and Aragon.
I also have to say that Prof. Ruiz's lectures were first time I have really heard the history behind the development of the latifundio system and the office of the corregidor (two key concepts for understanding Latin American history). Usually, books about Latin America give these concepts short shrift and simply note "they came from Spain". Hearing why they were developed and what their function was in various parts of Spain was very enriching.
¡Ha hecho usted un excelente trabajo, profe!
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Great attention to separating the myth of the discovery with the reality. The not so glamorous creation of a world wide empire by chance, fate and a lot of luck. And it all started with the Reconquest of a peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean. One of my favorite audible books in my history books collection because so much detail, and trivia facts, that makes the discovery of America parallel to the first moon landing. Professor Ruiz is so engaging in his love for separating the fictional accounts from reality that you don't want him to stop. What was made popular in movies and schools is shown against the not so glamorous truth, most times without Hollywood-LIKE happy endings. I hope he continues this into a series!
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Who was your favorite character and why?
The author was my favourite character in this book, as he was fair and truthful in presenting the incidents. That period was full of injustice and the catholic monarchs and their armies were horrible to everyone including their own people in Castille. What happened to the minorities in Spain and to the original inhabitants of the Spanish colonies was so upsetting. Even when the author tried to make a point on their behalf it was evidently racist actions by such rulers and their followers.
What about Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz’s performance did you like?
His performance was excellent.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The moments that moved me were those about the Spanish inquisitions and those about the enslavement of the original inhabitants of the Latin America.
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