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[Jan. 15th, 2007|05:20 am]
Colonization discussion

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A question to get things moving again:
Who/what do you think was the most interesting anti-colonial leader/movement and why?
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[User Picture]From: whitearab
2007-01-16 01:38 am (UTC)
Ooooh...Huaman Poma. Me with my Latin American bias again, but what they hey.

He wrote a bunch of letters to the Spanish government (which were never read, obviously). The most famous was "The First New Chronicle and Good Government." He went ahead and said all the stuff that no one else would say. There were Spanish priests and such who wrote about the poor degraded Indians who didn't deserve such harsh treatment (Bernabe Cobo for example. Never read his books. They're dreary), but Poma didn't bother with that. He just went ahead and told the Spanish government to bugger off and let the Indians govern themselves. He even put forward his son as the heir to the Inca throne, since his own line were the closest living relatives to the last emperor. He wasn't just thinking about himself, though...Poma also proposed that the Spanish get their greedy little fingers out of Mexico, Africa, and various other colonies. Nice guy.

Later his works were used as justification for a few bloody revolutions...so we can give him credit for that, too.

If I set aside my raging Latin American History fanatic, I'd have to go with Ghandi. Pretty cliche of me, I know. Still, he was a great guy with powerful and effective ideas...the whole peaceful revolution thing is pretty unique...and the fact that he made it actually work is even better.





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