IAH 203 Notes 3 - 1/16/08 IAH 203 Lecture Notes Spanish...

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1/16/08 IAH 203 Lecture Notes Spanish exploration begins in the Bahamas, then moves to Hispanola. Hispanola Cuba. Cuba becomes the center of Spanish operations in the New World Expeditions west to Yucatan Peninsula did not yield much at first Hernan Cortez o Well-to-do family o Came to New World (Cuba) to seek fortune o Became mayor in Cuba o Leads expedition west to Yucatan with 550 men and some ships Diego Velasquez – governor of Cuba o Cortez to act as Velasquez’s lieutenant on voyage o Too many people follow Cortez and do not see him as the vessel of Velasquez, but as independent o Sends orders to have Cortez arrested, but Cortez escapes Cortez explores Yucatan coast first o Geronimo de Aguilar Survivor of Balboa’s expedition Settled with the Maya Cortez uses him as a Mayan translator Travels to Tabasco o Battle with the natives Discovers locals are very good fighters (spears, clubs with obsidian blades, cotton armor) Spanish not much better skilled, although they had horses and guns
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course IAH 203 taught by Professor Bratzel during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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IAH 203 Notes 3 - 1/16/08 IAH 203 Lecture Notes Spanish...

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