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Spanish Colonies in the Americas
Students will analyze the effects of trans-Atlantic trade on European & American civilizations.
Aztecs conquered by Hernan Cortez in 1521
Last Aztec leader: Moctezuma
Incas conquered by Francisco Pizarro in 1572
Spain expanded in the “new world” throughout the 1500s & 1600s
Territory included West Indies (the islands of the Caribbean Sea), Mexico, Central America, and South America except for Brazil
Main goal: Acquire resources
Mining conditions were horrible
The Columbian Exchange
Introduction of new plants, animals, and diseases after European-American contact.
**The Great Dying
Millions of Native Americans died after contracting diseases brought by Europeans.
Main disease: Smallpox
90% of the population died