Spanish Conquistadors

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The Spanish conquistador’s arrival in the New World is certainly one of history’s most widely known events. The conquest of the resource-filled lands of America and the Caribbean set forth a new era for humanity, one driven by newly devised political, economic and social structures introduced to assure the submission of the native inhabitants of the discovered lands. Although the process of colonization served as the foundation for the New World’s subsequent modernization into what it is today, the forceful shift into European culture brought upon the natives a reign of terror. Therefore, further research into the Spaniards establishment in the New World, in a way, attests to a new perspective of human nature. Bartolome de Las Casas, author of A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies, a chronicle of the atrocities that took place at the hands of Spaniards during the colonization process, reveals conquistadors as individuals who were, primarily, greed driven beings. His detailed account of the Spanish conquest exposes the atrocious truth behind the grandeur of the Spanish Empire from the late 15th century onward, one that can be said is directly entwined with the abuse and carnage of native Indians all for the sake of increasing their power through the acquisition of riches at stake of the colonies well-being. The notoriety of Las Casas’s A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies lies in the fact that it contains realistic events witnessed by Las Casas
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