Caribbean First Contact Tutorial Questions

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1. What country did Columbus sail for? China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. 2. What is the Spanish term for the pattern of conquest and settlement used in the New World? Las Conquistas 3. Describe what usually happened during the "initial stage" of the Spanish conquest. Spanish conquistadors, after locating a new territory, would first assess the local people and resources to determine their potential degree of profitability. 4. What resource was the Spanish obsessed with discovering? gold 5. What was an encomienda? a grant by the Spanish Crown to a colonist in America conferring the right to demand tribute and forced labor from the Indian inhabitants of an area. 6. What Spanish term is the name given to leaders of Spanish conquests? conquistadors 7. By the mid-sixteenth century, what areas of the globe did Spain control? By the mid-sixteenth century, however, Spain would control much of the Caribbean, large portions of the Americas and parts of Africa. 8. Why did King John II of Portugal reject Columbus' request to fund his exploration? Portuguese exploration along the African coast alone demonstrated enough potential to Portugal's leaders that there was no need to explore what had previously been a disappointing Atlantic. 9. Name the two monarchs who finally funded Columbus' explorations. Columbus's was funded by Queen Isabella of Spain. Columbus also convinced King Ferdinand to fund his explorations. 10. Where did Columbus land in October, 1492? the bahamas 11. What was the "fundamental difference" between Columbus' voyage in 1492 and other Portuguese explorers of that time? 12. What did the Papal Bull of 1493 do for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain? 13. How many days did it take to make a round trip from Spain to the Americas? 14. Why did Columbus call the indigenous populations he encountered "indians?" 15. Name
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