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Unformatted text preview: - Cultures in Contact o Columbus and Arawaks: Columbus thought Arawaks were barbarians because their way of life was different from his. They didnt know about Christianity and didnt wear European-styled clothes. Also, they didnt know what a sword was and had no concept of war. They traded, but Columbus had no intention of trading fairly o Cortes and Aztecs: Once he got to Mexico City, he convinced them that he was the god they were waiting for. He used this power and the strategy of dividing and conquering to take over the Aztecs. The Spanish were more powerful because they had more advanced weapons. o The Indian peoples of the Americas resisted Spanish conquest with determination, but most proved a poor match for mounted warriors with steel swords Las Casas entered the priesthood and dedicated his life to the protection of the Indians The Christian mission in the New World, he later wrote, was to convert the natives to Christianity, and the means to effect this end are not to rob, to scandalize, to capture or destroy them, or to lay waste their lands. He blamed the Spanish for cruelties resulting in millions of Indian deathsin effect he accused them of genocide....
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2010 for the course HIST h105 taught by Professor Heath during the Summer '09 term at Indiana Kokomo.
- Summer '09