Spanish American Colonies

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The Spanish America colonies are similar to the Portuguese American colonies in many different aspects. Along with these similarities come many differences like with many colonies. These three aspects are some of the most important to society today as well as in the early stages of these colonies, and with them the evolution that manifested lead to what society now calls modern civilization. In the aspect of religion, the Spanish and Portuguese crowns had their similarities and differences. In the reading Las Siete Partidas it explicates how this legal code helped address Roman Catholic and Islamic topics that were used to establish normative rules in any area of Spanish settlement. The Spanish were very intolerable and non-lenient when it came to converting the conquered Natives or Indigenous people into Catholicism. If one did not surrender to their beliefs consequences included torture, extortion, and enslavement. The ideologies that the Spanish possessed were to instill their religion onto the conquered people. Las Siete Partidas lists laws of what the Jews could and could not do, and how they were unjustly being taxed for almost everything. The Spanish believed that they had right to do this, and the religion conversion was at most successful for the people they conquered did not speak Spanish. The natives or indigenous people also did not have the armed power or scientific advances to revolt against any unjust. The same occurred with the African slaves. Just like the Spanish, the Portuguese tried to use religion as a means of justification for any enslavement and torturing. In the reading The Brazilian Constitution and the Church it states how the Portuguese justified the “sincere intentions of the discovery of the New World,” but also “it has made just the captivity of Africans,” for it enables them to being nourish by the gospel. Both the Spanish and

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