Colonialism and Immigration

Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

The Zapatista revolt made worldwide headlines in 1994 immediately after the treaty of NAFTA went into effect. Do some more research on this event and explain how the conditions at that time in Mexico might be classified as an example of neo-colonialism or, as George Collier is cited as saying in the opening of the chapter, as an “internal colony” for Mexico. Why did the Zapatistas respond to these external events (such as NAFTA)?

Choose one of the options below for your assignment this week:

Option A: Colonialism Maps

Do a quick Google search of “colonialism maps” and choose several that depict how extensive colonial practices were across the globe. Choose maps from different time periods so that you can also see the duration of some of the colonial empires. Discuss the old adage that the “sun never sets on the British Empire.” Colonialism was a global force. What are its repercussions on our lives today?

Prepare a paper (750-1250 words) in which you describe how colonialism changed over the centuries. Highlight the political agreements that guided changes in colonialism. Include citations and references in your paper for at least 3 sources.

Option B: Refugees

Do internet research on the locations of various refugee camps currently in existence. What is life like in these camps? What does it mean to be a refugee? How would your life be different than it is if you were a refugee today?

Prepare a paper (750-1250 words) in which you describe refugee camps. Describe the locations, the status of the people who occupy the camps, and the outlook for their futures. Include citations and references in your paper for at least 3 sources.

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