Essay God and Gold: Spanish Exploration

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Spanish Exploration
Spanish exploration and settlement of the western hemisphere lasted from 1492 until 1898, from Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the loss of its last colonies in the Spanish-American war. As with all major seafaring European nations, they were in pursuit of the fabled Northwest Passage, a direct route to Asia. This was how Christopher Columbus stumbled upon the Americas, on his quest for this route. The Spanish were after more though, specifically gold and spread of the Christian faith. With this page we will discuss multiple historical figures, places, and ideas that emphasized what the Spanish found most important at the time, God and gold.
Hernán Cortés
Born an only child in 1485, Hernan Cortes was an ambitious
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Spanish Exploration
Spanish exploration and settlement of the western hemisphere lasted from 1492 until 1898, from Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the loss of its last colonies in the Spanish-American war. As with all major seafaring European nations, they were in pursuit of the fabled Northwest Passage, a direct route to Asia. This was how Christopher Columbus stumbled upon the Americas, on his quest for this route. The Spanish were after more though, specifically gold and spread of the Christian faith. With this page we will discuss multiple historical figures, places, and ideas that emphasized what the Spanish found most important at the time, God and gold.
Hernán Cortés
Born an only child in 1485, Hernan Cortes was an ambitious man, participating in conquests of Cuba and Hispaniola. Selling his ill-gotten gains from these conquests, he set sail to Tenochtitlan in 1519 (Barker, 2014). Despite issues with the Governor of Cuba, he successfully sailed. His initial meeting with the Aztecs was met with lavish displays of gold. This further convinced the Spaniards that they had made the right choice. With smallpox and the superior technological advantage of the Spaniards, the Aztecs eventually lost the war. What was important was the amount of gold, land and converts from this expedition. In a twist of fate, when most of the gold was being moved out of the Tenochtitlan, the Spaniards were attacked and large amounts of gold sank into Lake Texcoco or recovered by the
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