Chapter 2 Study Questions

Chapter 2 Study - Chapter 2 study questions 1 What is the broader historical significance of Alvar Nunez de Vaca's account of his experience in

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Chapter 2 study questions 1. What is the broader historical significance of Alvar Nunez de Vaca’s  account of his experience in the “new world”?  The experience of Alvar Nunez de Vaca revealed that not all stories of  exploration were ones of conquering and triumph. De Vaca’s explorations  revealed his capture by the Apalchee and induction of him and his crew into  slavery. However they then cleverly tricked their captors into thinking that they  possessed magical healing powers. Also in addition Esteban who was a black  slave of De Vaca’s then became an accomplished linguist, healer, guide and  negotiator and the story shows that he was not only an his role as a slave was  changed and that he not only became and important figure but also someone De  Vaca actually depended on to survive. For five years they traveled west across  America for about 2,500 miles using Esteban to communicate with various Native  American groups around the country. Instead of being a slave he became more  of a companion to the Spanish explorers. 2. What were the factors that led to European expansion westward, i.e. why  did Columbus ‘sail the ocean blue in 1492’?  (Not really an exact answer) There are many factors that influenced European expansion westward. One was  religious reformations throughout Europe along with the Catholic Church. In  addition their rise of a business class throughout Europe also caused for the  importance of expansion westward in an effort for searching areas to invest in so  that they could profit.  3. In what ways did religious change in Europe affect expansion to the  Americas?  Religious change in Europe had an important impact on expansion to the 
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