Horses brought a great advancement as well. The Western hemisphere, before the Spaniards began exploring it, had no other means of transportation other than by foot. Spain of course benefited from the New World with its huge supply of silver, which stimulated economic growth and manufacturing back in Europe, of which, it could be said that this new economy caused other countries, such as France and Great Britain to start their own colonial exploits. As explorers and Great discoverers, these men are lions. They are the Men who explored two
Chapter 1 Chapter 1, entitled Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress depicts the Europeans’ initial encounter with the Arawak Indians of the West Indies . The Arawaks greeted Columbus and his crew with hospitality, but little did they know they would soon be taken advantage of and have their culture virtually destroyed. Columbus’s journal entries about this first meeting indicate his feelings of superiority to the Arawaks, which led to enslavement, murder, and rape. The Arawaks were forced to work in gold mines and were killed at the will of the Europeans. Millions of natives were killed in slavery, war, and, mining.
From the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Europeans explored and colonized parts of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. As the Europeans continued to discover more fertile and lush areas of the world their greed and lust for wanting control only became enraged. This caused them to treat the people horrible unjust and their cruel enslavement over the people only increased eventually causing the people to rebel for their independence. Bartolome de Las Casas’s story of the Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies is a perfect example of the Spaniards greed, selfishness, and brutality to other human beings. He opens the story up by describing the natives of the Indies.
This increase in power made many countries and governments hungry for more power and would do anything to find it. The only thing that stood between Europe and the East were the Muslims. Europeans had been searching for a cheaper and easier route to the East for quite some time but when Marco Polo came back from his almost twenty year journey to China, their desire to find this new route became even more intense. Marco Polo brought back with him tales of luxurious items like rose-tinted pearls and golden pagodas. they realized more than ever that they needed to find this new route to the East.
HIST 2111 Survey of United States History to 1877 During the early 1400s the Europeans sought to trade with Asia, which encouraged Christopher Columbus to begin his voyage in 1492. The Europeans conquest was about three things: gold, God, and glory. “Europeans were especially attracted by the lure of Asia, a near-mythical land of silks, jewels, and millions of “heathens” to be Christianized.” (Tindall, Shi, pg. 9). Although the motivation of the Europeans conquest was about gold, God, and glory neither outweighed the other.
After being installed in the palace, the Spaniards demanded the gold from the natives, which brought it for them. By using their advanced weapons like swords and metal shields, they would kill the natives by stabbing and cutting off their heads. Soon after a war with the Spaniards began in which
It was a game of who could get more money and glory, and the discovery of the New World would only add on to this. Many events occurred in the Old World that would precipitate the drive to cross the Atlantic. Spices were grown primarily in Asia. Asians would sell the spices to a merchant, and the merchant would increase those prices. They would continue to sell and raise the prices in
The Spanish were cruel, and crazed by the idea of finding treasure and conquering land and the peoples that inhabited them. Some 160,000 Spaniards, consisting mostly of men, subjugated millions of Indians. (textbook) Between slaughtering the Indians and infecting them with devastating diseases such as smallpox, the native population plummeted from over twenty million down to two million in less than a century. The Spaniards biggest problem was their thirst for gold and treasure. Many of the natives that they came across welcomed them wholeheartedly, until they abused the hospitality that was given to them and gave nothing in return.
Known for his enthusiasm towards American politics, his Spanish War hero persona, and a dedicated reform driven governor, Roosevelt found himself taking office as vice-president of the United States on March 4, 1901 and following McKinley’s assassination President on September 14, 1901. Shortly after returning to politics, opportunity had presented itself to further satisfy America’s need for manifest destiny. The French had embarked on the idea of creating a canal that would connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, creating a water way to better improve transportation and drastically cut down cost. This enormous engineering feat had not only claimed countless French lives, but had proved to be too expensive to continue. Roosevelt had realized this great potential and purchased the equipment and rights from the French to pursue this project.
The Spanish came to the new word as conquerors. They forced tens and thousands of Indians to work in the gold and silver mines. They also established the top down royal governance and attempted to extend recent centralization to the new world. They established repartimento which declared Native Americans to be free but required them to work for the Spanish settlers. The Spaniards were very brutal, they tortured, raped