Class Notes 2- The Beginnings of Imperial Rivalries

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The Beginnings of Imperial Rivalries Wednesday, August 29, 2007 3:20 PM 1. The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire a. Conquistadors   i. Cort é s (1519), unauthorized expedition, wants gold and silver,  richest man in Spain (died 1547), greeted fairly well  ii. Pizarro conquers Incans with 180 men in 1530  iii. deSoto took Mississippi, died there and dumped, natives hated him,  he took concubines from the Indians (circa 1540's- Mississippian culture  height had passed) b. The Nature of the Spanish Colonial Project i. Looking to make money, only brought men, established sugar cane  colonies (got African slaves to fund them), much more harsh than in North  America, kept importing slaves, ii. In Mesoamerica the mestizo breed of people were abundant, created  a caste system, Spanish were held in high regard even though they were  seen as racially liberal iii.
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