HIST 2111 Notes - • Was not a good administrator • 3 rd voyage was much less successful eventually was sent back in chains as a prisoner •

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Questions to think about: Why was the Spanish Conquest of the New World so rapid? Why and how were the Spanish able to set up the first European empire in the New World and hold it for 300+ years? Spain in America 1. Discovery (Columbus) 2. Conquest (Cortes) 3. Administration (Las Casas) Columbus was born in Genoa Columbus was not the first to discover the Earth was round He miscalculated the size, thought it was smaller Did not realize there were continents in the way 1492 Ferdinand and Isabella give Columbus what he needs to sail. Thought he was on the outskirts of Asia Called the natives “Indians” 1493 had 17 ships and 1500 people Discovered Cuba and Jamaica
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Unformatted text preview: • Was not a good administrator • 3 rd voyage was much less successful, eventually was sent back in chains as a prisoner • Took a fourth trip with only four ships, not very successful 1. Genoa 2. Portugal 3. Spain • Balboa, first to see the other side of Pacific • Cortez is NOT popular in Mexico • Viewed as a nasty, vicious man. • Conquistadors were greedy, but there was an idealism mixed in. • They “really had the best culture, and were doing everyone else a favor” attitude • Aztecs (politically correct “Mexica”) 1325 AD • Developed calendar stone, weaving and metalwork, military, social hierarchy, etc •...
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course HIST 2111 taught by Professor Hild during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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