Take a Look at the Short History of Latin America

Latin America is considered to consist of South America along with Mexico and Central America including some islands of Colombia. Spaniards and Portuguese colonized to build this land with different experiences of people.

The weather of different areas varies a lot but still, people were sharing common heritage there.


The new arrivals of pre-Colombian America along with the Iberia have huge connections with the history of Latin America. Since the time of Columbus, the Spanish and the Portuguese people started calling the people of America “Indians” which mean the people from the state of India.

The Pre-Columbian Period

This period includes all the divisions of America before the Europeans appearance and their influence on the people of America. Indigenous Americas Cultures and their entire history is well covered by the Pre-Columbian period.

It refers to the time which preceded Christopher Columbus appearance. The Norse Colonization of North America is not usually included in this period.

Many civilizations established the permanent cities with settlement, earthwork and societal hierarchies. Some of these civilizations were early eliminated by the time at the arrival of enslaved Africans era.

Few records have been found of the civilizations like one had the name, Maya. There were very few documents that were saved in their original languages and many were transcribed into different other languages like Spanish etc.

Colonial Era

As soon as Christopher Columbus landed in America, the big sea powers of Europe send delegates to turn the people to Christianity and to build the special trade network system with the newly discovered world.

The religious purity was gripped by the Spanish crown through the flow of people and their frequent migration. The Spanish Crown always wished to push away the non-Christians and hence the colonial era of religion came into existence.

Religion in the Latin America

Religion was a huge issue which needed to be considered in everyday life. Throughout the colonial Latin America, there were many laws which based on religion and that created tons of disputes among different believers.

The major clash was between the African and Iberian culture which gave rise to witch’s prosecution.