7 8 the spanish were able to defeat the indigenous

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7. 8. The Spanish were able to defeat the indigenous people of Mexico by gaining power over their rulers and their silent ally in disease that Europeans had long since become mostly immune to. Also, their steel weapons and firearms helped to make it possible as well as the fact that, at least to begin with, the Aztecs thought the Spaniards to be supernatural beings or gods with whom they were to comply.. The legacy of their conquest is one of brutality and exploitation. The way the Spanish treated and approached the natives changed the landscape of America forever. 9. Given their previous behaviors and actions one definitely would have been able to accurately approximate how the Christian Europeans would behave. Islam and Christianity had (have) definite similarities like monotheism and having Abrahamic origins. Paganism, while seen as heretical and dissident, was more understood by and appropriated into Christian traditions. Even then, the Christian Europeans tried to be rid of these religions. Native Americans and their varying cultures and belief systems were completely new and different which made it just that much easier to see them as savages
undeserving of basic respect or understanding. It is human nature to be afraid and apprehensive of things that are new and different. The world of the Native Americans was just this in the eyes of the Europeans. Due to this disconnect and fear it was much easier for European Christians to feel entitled to the land occupied by the Native Americans and to convert them to Christianity.

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