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01-23-06 Hist105 - Spanish conquest Columbus arrived in the...

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Spanish conquest Columbus arrived in the carribean in 1492. By late 16 th century the Spanish controlled most of latin America Roughly 200,000 European/Spaniards had immigrated to the Americas by mid 18 th century Vast trove of gold taken from Aztecs and Incas, as well as continued exploitation of the mines in central and south America helped become the dominant power in Europe during this period. Spanish Conquest Spainards followed Columbus into the Americas Military tradition developed from the Reconquista, the 100 year struggle to expel Moors (Muslims) from Spain. Spain united under Catholic rule in 1492. The Reconquista helped solidify Spain under the rule of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. This century long fight “ to expel the Muslisms from the Spain created a “warrior class” that later would be the “conquistadors” of the Americas. Great deal of religious zeal associated with the Reconquista – Christianity vanquishing Islam. This explains, in part, the religious nature of the Spanish conquest. Distinctions in Spanish Conquest State sponsored – the government of Spain, from columbus’s voyage forward, directly involved in the expeditions. Immediate financial benefit from the gold taken.
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2008 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Hatfield during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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