History: Spanish Colonization of the Americas and Spanish Conquest

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The Conquest and Colonization of the Caribbean and Yucatan by European,
Resulted in significant cultural, biological & environmental changes to both regions
Maggie Jim
Professor
Ancient History
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1. Briefly discuss (but in detail) the similarities/differences between the initial Spanish colonization of the Caribbean and the Yucatan. In your discussion include the initial reaction of the Taino and Maya to the presence of the Spanish and the rational for the Spanish conquest.

The Spanish colonization of the Caribbean and Yucatan was the campaign of the Spanish conquistadores against Postclassical Maya stares and polities specifically on the central Yucatan Peninsula. The Spanish
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However, the prospects of new land and acquisition of labor forces made Spanish intentions turned to the Maya region that remained restive against the Spanish rule. Their discontentment in Yucatan later erupted into open revolt in the middle of 19th century.
2. Discuss the cultural changes that each group endured during colonization. Be sure to include specific changes that were made, by all groups, voluntarily as well as those that were the result of force (non-environmental). In addition, discuss the specific outcome of these changes and the impact they had on each group (where applicable). Here, be sure to discuss how the Maya and the Taino were able to continue with some of their respective cultural practices.

There are cultural changes that both Mayans and Tainos endured during Spanish colonization. Tainos experienced sufferings and exploitations from the hands of the Spanish conquistadores, their being gentle and unsuspecting people have been subjected to unspeakable atrocities from their oppressors. The refusal of Tainos to Spanish conquest grew physically violent over time. Their resistance with sticks and stones has no match with guns and armors of the Spanish conquerors. This led to massive Spanish slave trade was they forced to do gold mining, providing sexual companionship and raising Spanish food. The refusal
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