From the first steps of Europeans to the New World missionaries and military might paved the way for the complete cultural conquering of the native people. When the people of the Aztec culture came in contact with the Europeans their lives changed in many facets from the introduction of new technological advances to mass religious conversions of the people. The lives of Aztec women changed as their roles and power from their society dwindled from war and disease. With the introduction of steel tools such as cookware and knives their lives changed for the better, but with the conquest of the Spanish into their civilzation came great hardship. They witnessed their loved ones die from disease and the Spanish religious and political edicts encompassed their lives and led to generations of suffering and renewal into the onslaught of forced, oncoming European cultural assimilation.
How it affected their people and some of the surrounding people and justification by the Spanish for war against the Aztecs. Secondly, what the Aztecs believed to be the return of the god Quetzalcoatl, the Spanish conquistador, Cortes and his Spanish army. Disease played a huge part in the fall. Small pox brought upon the Spanish spread quickly to the people and no cure for the disease was known therefore leading to many deaths. Lastly, the skillful tactics used by Hernan Cortes that leads to the surrender of the last Aztec emperor.
In the 1500s, the Spanish arrived in the New World with the intent to convert natives to Catholicism, trade, and discover riches. Juan de Onate, one of these explorers, killed thousands of natives in order to gain fame and wealth. The Spanish and Indians also developed the Columbian Exchange; a trade of goods, livestock, and crops, which was beneficial to both sides as it brought new items to both groups. Most of the products that the Spanish gave to the natives brought diseases that the Indians had no immunity to. Cortez even intentionally gave out
Other Spanish explorers came to the Americas and conquered large amounts of land in the name of Spain. Between 1531 and 1536, Francisco Pizzaro entered and seized the wealthy and prominent Incan Empire in South America. At its peak, Spain conquered four viceroyalties in the New World; all of which existed and had laborers solely for the benefit of the monarchy. Wealth from the New World flowed into Spain’s port of Seville because Spanish expansion was based on finding and transporting precious metals, such
| 5.) Who was Juan de Onate? | Juan de Onate was the son of a wealthy mining family. He financed a colonization expedition made up of Indians and Mestizo soldiers for the purpose of mining gold and souls. He was a very ruthless man that killed 800 Pueblo men, women, and children.
In the history of Native Americans the discovery of gold on their land caused great tragedies and devastation and became a significant factor of Native American history. Native Americans were invaded by European explorers who took their land and built the United States we have now. Europeans were driven to North American to seek freedom from the European rulers. They went through the many struggles of long travel, adapting to new environments and dealing with the native populations. As a result of European settlement, many populations of Native Americans were brought to near extinction.
In 1519, he and his men took over and established what [now is Veracruz]; dismissing the authorities of Velazquez and placed himself directly under Charles V’s orders. Velazquez, not pleased about any of this, set out an expedition to capture Cortes. Once Cortes set out to fight, the Aztecs began to rebel back in Tenochtitlan [and Montezuma died]. Cortes’ hunger and determination for power drove him back to Tenochtitlan, [taking advantage of retrieving belongings and possessions that could contribute to his power]. Three months later, the Aztec empire fell and Mexico became New Spain.
After an initial wave of conquistadors, Spain advantages was that the military had aided and infected diseases that decimated the native populations and defeated the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas. Spain organized a huge imperial system to exploit the land, labor, and mineral wealth of the New World. Their disadvantage was that when they were conquering Maya, because of the Yucatan jungle, their metal weapons would rust. Spain treated the Native American very badly like they were animals. For example, altogether, they execute a large group of people such as the Natives in Cuba, Dominica, and Mexico, and those who weren’t in the massacre was turned into slaves; and those whoever refused to convert to Christianity.
When the Europeans arrived to inhabit America, Native American the slave trade changed significantly. Europeans and native tribes would enslave other tribes and sell to the settlers. The Native American slaves were used to mine for gold, cultivate tobacco, etc. Over the years, the aboriginal people began to suffer more