NA Slavery in LA Unit Plan

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Native American Slavery in Latin America

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NA Slavery in LA Unit Plan


Pre-European Contact/First Contact
"Westward Expansion"


In American history, the narrative of enslavement focuses on the Atlantic Slave Trade and the horrors these individuals faced upon being forced into servitude in the United States, in turn confining the narrative of Native slavery to the shadows and contributing the erasure of Native Americans in greater culture. In an effort to combat this erasure, this unit will focus on the enslavement of indigenous peoples, situated in an era in which their land was being colonized and Africans were simultaneously forced into bondage.
Traditionally, Native enslavement is often excluded or ‘sugar-coated’ in textbooks; this unit, in conjunction of others, could potentially serve as a way to more accurately depict interactions that took place in creating European colonies and settlements.
This unit will discuss the onset and continuation of Native American enslavement once European settlers reached North America. Not only will lessons address societal changes, but they will also address the forms in which Native American enslavement were manifested. Though there were laws established by the Spanish government to prevent their enslavement, this slavery often took more veiled forms as an encomienda, mission, or reserve. However, this unit will also detail the ways in which Native peoples were able to create freedom for themselves through revolts and uprisings.


Madison Wardlaw




Unit Plan

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Temporal Coverage

Late 1800s

Audience Education Level

Low High School

Date Created



NA Slavery in LA Unit Plan.pdf


Madison Wardlaw, “NA Slavery in LA Unit Plan,” Native History Project, accessed July 24, 2024,

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