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Unformatted text preview: C. Spain: Ferdinand and Isabella (1479-1516) mobilize kingdom’s great resources to establish a vast overseas empire 1. Christopher Columbus sets sail for Asia, in August 1492; in this and later voyages, reached all of the major islands of the Caribbean and the mainland of Central America Doc.: Columbus, “Letter on his First Voyage,” 1493 2. Ferdinand Magellan/Sebastian del Cano: 1519 voyage through strait at southern tip of South America, on to Philippines: “first” to circumnavigate the world 3. Hernán Cortés conquers Aztec empire of Mexico by 1522; Francisco Pizzaro conquers the Inca empire of Peru by 1536 = tremendous amounts of silver III. Motivations and justifications for overseas exploration and rule A. Doc .: Azurara, “Why Prince Henry the Navigator Decided to Explore Africa” (undated) B. God, Glory, Gold...
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- Spring '11
- Age of Discovery, Prince Henry, Early European Expansion, Hernán Cortés conquers, vast overseas empire