2 Spain Builds an EmpireAfter European explorers reached the Americas, countries began to scramble to establish colonies and empires in the lands they had found.Among the first countries to successfully settle in the Americas was SpainThey eventually conquered the two greatest native empires of the Americas, the Aztecs and Incas.
3 Spain in the CaribbeanThe first areas settled by the Spanish were Caribbean islands such as Hispaniola and Cuba.
4 Spain in the CaribbeanColumbus never found the gold he was looking for.Spanish introduced encomienda system.a colonist was given a certain amount of land and a number of Native Americans to work the land for him.In exchange, the colonist was required to teach the native workers about Christianity.system became the basis for nearly all Spanish settlements on the mainland as well.
5 Spain in the Caribbean Negatives of the encomienda system Terrible for Native AmericansOverwork and mistreatment took a terrible toll on the native population.Diseases spread by Europeans.Smallpox, tuberculosis, measles, and other deadly diseases had been unknown in the Americas.Native Americans had no resistance to these illnesses, and millions died.
9 Conquest in MexicoSome Spaniards moved to the mainland to set up colonies.Hernan Cortez led an expedition to Mexico that ended with the conquest of the Aztec Empire.conquistador, or conqueror, Spanish military leaders who fought against the native peoples of the Americas.
10 Conquest in Mexico The Aztecs Were very powerful and ruled much of Mexicowere unpopular with those they had conqueredCortes was able to use this lack of popularity to his advantage.Moctezuma II
11 Conquest in Mexico Cortez reached the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan Cortes’ small band of Spanish soldiers was joined by thousands of Native Americans.They wanted to defeat the Aztecs.
12 Conquest in Mexico Why was Cortes successful? Spanish Conquistador Native American alliesMetal weapons and heavy armorGunsHorses (never seen by Aztecs)Diseases weakened native populationSpanish Conquistador
13 The Conquest of Peru Francisco Pizarro led an expedition to Peru 10 yrs. after Cortes defeats AztecsHe had heard of the great wealth of Peru’s Inca EmpireHe hoped to win some of that wealth for himself.
14 The Conquest of Peru Inca were weakened by disease. SmallpoxNew emperor, Atahualpa and Pizarro meet (1532)Pizarro demanded the emperor convert to Christianity.Atahualpa refusedTaken prisonerGives fortune in gold and silverSpanish kill him and go on to conquer the empire.
16 Life in the Spanish Empire Spain gained control of a huge empire in the AmericasPeru (Inca)Mexico (Aztecs)Viceroys selectedeach ruled a large area in the king’s name.
17 Life in the Spanish Empire Spanish colonial economy was based on the mining of gold and silver, though farming was also common.For labor in both mines and on farms, the Spanish enslaved Native Americans.Disease and mistreatment took a toll on the native population, which dropped by more than 90 percent from an estimated 50 million to only 4 million.
18 Life in the Spanish Empire Some Spaniards were appalled at the treatment of Native Americans.Most vocal of reformers was a priest Bartolome de Las Casas.Seeking to protect the Native Americans, Las Casas recommended replacing them as laborers with imported African slaves.Slave labor soon became a common practice in the Americas.Bartolome de Las Casas
19 The Portuguese in Brazil Treaty of TordesillasSigned in 1494, drew an imaginary line through the Atlantic.Everything to the west of this line, including most of the then-undiscovered Americas, would belong to Spain.Everything to the east would be Portuguese. Of the Americas, only Brazil remained as a Portuguese colony.