Latin America (1492-1800)

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Latin Quizzes & Trivia

This will test your knowledge on Latin America between 1492 and 1800. Be sure to choose the best answer (the one that's most right. )


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Using guns and other advanced weaponry, in addition to spreading deadly diseases that decimated indigenous populations, what two Spaniards conquered the Aztecs and Incans in the 1500s, respectively?
    • A. 

      Hernando Cortez and Francisco Pizarro

    • B. 

      Francisco Pizarro and Hernando Cortez

    • C. 

      Hernando Cortez and Bolivar

    • D. 

      Fransico Pizarro and Nelson Mandela

  • 2. 
    What Latin American idea was similar to serfdom in Russia?
    • A. 

      Caste system

    • B. 

      The scholar gentry

    • C. 

      Mita system

    • D. 

      Encomiendas

  • 3. 
    The mita was effective in what way?
    • A. 

      It allowed the conquistadors to accomplish more on their plantations because it forced the indigenous people to work without complaint.

    • B. 

      The natives were forced to give free labor to the conquistadors, therefore allowing the conquistadors to produce more on the plantations.

    • C. 

      The natives were considered a part of the land, and were owned by the conquistadors, so they had no choice but to do whatever the conquistadors told them.

    • D. 

      The natives were allowed to do what they wanted on the plantations so long as they met their quota for the day.

  • 4. 
    What were encomiendas?
    • A. 

      They were plantations where only natives were allowed to work on the land.

    • B. 

      They were plantations where only slaves were allowed to work on the land.

    • C. 

      They were plantations where only the encomenderos were allowed to be present.

    • D. 

      They were plantations where both natives and slaves worked the land under the rule of the encomenderos.

  • 5. 
    How did the triangular trade work?
    • A. 

      Ships from Europe made goods that were shipped to Africa; they in turn traded slaves, which were then shipped to Latin America and were bought for spices, tobacco, and other goods that were brought back to Europe.

    • B. 

      Transported to Africa, where they were traded for slaves; the slaves were then brought to Europe and were bought in return for Europe’s goods, which were then brought back to Latin America.

    • C. 

      Ships from Europe transported goods to Latin America; they in turn traded slaves, which were then shipped to Africa and were bought for other goods that were brought back to Europe.

    • D. 

      Ships from Africa transported slaves to Europe, who then bought them in return for goods, which were then shipped to Latin America;

  • 6. 
    The continuous movement of people from Europe to Latin America that led to the rise of mercantilism and capitalism was referred to as what?
    • A. 

      The Great Migration

    • B. 

      The Columbian exchange

    • C. 

      The Great European Movement

    • D. 

      The Age of Exploration

  • 7. 
    The Potosí silver mine resulted in the deaths of which of the following peoples?
    • A. 

      The indigenous people

    • B. 

      The mestizos and mulattoes

    • C. 

      The mestizos and creoles

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    Before 1800, the most profitable economic activity for Spain and its colonies was
    • A. 

      The export of finished goods to Europe

    • B. 

      Mining and smelting of metals

    • C. 

      Ranching and herding

    • D. 

      Manufacture and processing of cottons and cloths