AP World Post #2

What were the motivations of the Spanish conquest of the New World, and how did it change the way Europeans viewed the world?

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  1. The Spanish Conquest of the New World was motivated by greed. The Spanish saw the New World as an opportunity to gain riches and lands. Europeans believed that they were superior, and they thought that they had the right to take over whatever lands they wanted. The Spanish disguised themselves as missionaries to spread the word of God. Under this facade, the Spanish felt that it was their responsibility to “save” heathens from other nations.

    • I agree because the greed portion of the motivation also relates to the gold portion of the three g’s, being that they wanted new riches which is closely related to greed.

      • The Spanish conquest was pushed due to greed as the Europeans only cared for the expansion and the gaining of new territories and riches.

        • Kiley, I agree with your statement because Spanish explorers/conquerors only did these voyages to gain money from people that sought only to profit off of the natives of the land that they were dominating. Greed was an important aspect of this because there was no other objective other than to make more money and they didn’t even help the natives that were so mercilessly slaughtered.

        • I agree with your statement Kylie because the Spanish disguised these trips to gain riches as spreading the Christian way.

    • I agree because the greed portion of the motivation also relates to the gold portion of the three g’s, being that they wanted new riches which is closely related to greed.

    • The primary motivations for the Spanish conquest of the New World were the promises of riches–such as silver and gold–and that of the nobility rank for Iberian peasantry. Conquistadors like Francisco Vázquez de Coronado embody the former, as the riches gained in Mexico and Peru were not capable of sating his appetite for wealth, driving him and his men northward to modern Kansas in search of fabled cities laden with gold. The Spanish preference of wealth to morality is also exhibited by the exploitation of Natives in the Caribbean with the introduction of a serfdom-type labor system in Spanish colonies. Encomenderos recieved various benefits at the expense of the Natives who were eagerly enslaved, inadvertently decimating indigenous populations along the way. In this respect, the peasants of Iberia who joined the Spanish conquests became the New World nobility.

      • I like how you touched base with the general aspect of the situation and how you went in depth about a famous and specific person at that time that contributes to the situation. While you describe the Europeans, what do you think was the effect of all of this to the natives in the area was and was it detrimental to them?

        • I think European conquest was detrimental to New World natives simply because of the disease-induced population decline and how ethnic distinctions led to the sociedad de castas, which happened to be arranged such that natives existed at the lowest tier alongside imported Africans. The races in this lower tier accounted for most of the slave labor under the aforementioned encomenderos.

      • I strongly agree with you since the Spaniards were filled with greed for riches and glory around the New World. I like the way you used an example to support your answer as well.

      • I think you did a good job of including real world examples like the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Vazquez de Coronado. It is really crazy what people would do for riches. They had no problem with enslaving natives and Africans to get what they wanted.

    • I agree that the Spanish Conquest was mostly motivated by greed but I do believe that there was a general want to spread their version of Christianity especially with the Protestant reformation going on.

    • While I agree with your reasoning behind the Spanish conquests of The New World being gold, God, and glory(the 3 G’s), I disagree with your belief that the Spaniards were hiding behind a facade to spread the word of their God. “The Spanish disguised themselves as missionaries to spread the word of God“(Kavanagh 4) is a clear example of this. Often, Spaniards were not disguised as missionaries or hiding behind a “facade”(Kavanagh 5), but rather, believed they were saving the souls of the indigenous people through their conversion. Many blind to or not viewing their actions as malicious.

    • I like the way that you explain how the Spanish hid their real motive and claimed to be “saving” people. I also don’t like how European countries felt that they could just go places and create systems of forced labor and treat natives with disrespect.

    • I agree navies the conquest of the spanish was mostly driven by greed, and then they tried to cover it up by saying it was related to spreading religion. It also relates to the three g’s with gold.

    • I agree with this, as the Spaniard is we’re mainly motivated of capturing the America’s for their resources rather than of God himself, showing a large portion of European countries using religion to cover of conquerings of lower developed countries.

    • I agree with you because the Spaniards wanted things for themselves. Making themselves greed for the New World of new riches, conquer land, and spread God’s word to “save” the people of the new land.

    • I completely agree greed heavily motivated the Spanish into going to the Americas. I liked how you mentioned that the Europeams thought they were superior

    • I agree with you because the Europeans wanted to expand and show how almighty they were. They also wanted to gain new items and money. As well as spread their religion through missionaries.

    • I completely agree that this conquest stemmed from greed. The Spanish wanted to gain more power, not just “convert” non-believers.

  2. The main reasons for Spanish conquest was related to the three g’s, being God, glory and gold, meaning that they wanted to spread the religion of the Christian faith as well as aqquire new riches and become more famous and renown for their expansions.

    • I agree with you cause the 3 g’s consisted of gold, glory and god. The spanish wanted anything with great value, fame and wanted to spread Catholicism

    • Agreed. Spanish explorations were motivated by acquiring as much land as possible. This relates to the Europeans three G’s. (Gold= expansion)

      • I agree because the Spanish were heavily motivated by greed, and the wealth they would gain by conquering new land. They thought they were superior and basically could gain any land they wanted. They knew by gaining the land of the New World they would get wealth from the silver and gold within the land. They also traded crops and silver and gold for land. The trading spread disease and the population decreased. This gave the Europeans gain confidence and thought themselves as superior, and led them to gain the land of the Americas.

    • I agree to cause the three G’s were a main part cause they were the three G’s to glory and that is what they wanted to get and wanted to spread there religion

  3. The Spanish conquest was motivated by wanting power because they strongly thought they were superior, and because of that they thought they could control whatever land or jus control whatever they wanted due to the fact that they thought they were higher than everybody.

  4. The motives of the Spanish conquest of the New World was to get new resources and to get precious metals. It changed how the way Europeans viewed the world as a way to gain power as well as a way to increase in trade.

  5. The motivations of Spanish conquest to the New World was mainly due to influence and envy, greed. They went to the New World for 3 purposes, Gold, God, and Glory. The Europeans were conquistadors and had the ideology that they could oppress any land without consequence. So, they moved resources from the New World back to the old world and vice versa. The Europeans spread a lot of crops and plants in exchange for wealth, but they spread disease. While it might not seem so, disease spread through the Americas gave the Europeans a distinct advantage since the American natives weren’t immune to thirst disease, which was smallpox. So, 1/2 of population was wiped away and Europeans succeeded in overpowering the Americas and kicking them off lands. Also, the Europeans wanted better goods, more trade routes, faster growth. This is evidently seen on today’s Europe since 200 years after the expedition, Europe’s population started to increase due to food, new resources, and technology.

    • I agree because the europeans, as conquistadors thoguht that anything was righteous and now consequences would follow, they also spread many crops as they took land, and spread their religion.

    • I agree that they used the 3 Gs and I like how you mentioned the Europeans advantage with bringing disease to South America.

    • I agree with you on the motivations of the Spanish conquest because I also thought the motivations were greed and the three g’s.

    • I agree since the three G’s did play a role for the New World Spanish conquest and helped with other ideas such as gaining more land without thinking of consequences that could come along. I also agree on the idea, that the Europeans had the advantage to carrying the disease and it being the help to wipe the others out.

    • I agree that the motivation and reasons for going there did overall impact how the Europeans live today. I also agree on the negative impacts that it had on the Americas, with diseases as well as how they took their land, but they also did enslave them, not only taking their land but also their rights.

  6. The motivations of the Spanish conquest of the New World were that they wanted more than they already had. They wanted to gain more riches and land. This changed the way the Europeans viewed the world because then they started to think that they were better than everyone, and that they could do whatever they want.

    • The motives the Spanish had for conquering and exploring the new world were the 3 G’s (gold, glory, and God). The Spanish wanted more land and money so they spread crops in exchange for that. Along with this came disease which eventually wiped out most of the indigenous people of the new world. This in turn meant the Europeans overpowered the Americans and got the land that they wanted.

      • I agree with you because, the 3 G’s were the main reasons why America became so populated in the first place. I also agree that because of the 3 G’s, the Europeans took over the Americas and had no threat to their new land.

      • I agree with your because the spanishs reasoning for exploration was money (gold). They would talk about religion and accept “donations” to acquire more gold.

  7. The Spanish conquest was motivated by the 3g’s gold,God, and glory. It changed the way how Europeans viewed the world because they created the new world.

  8. The motives of the Spanish conquest were to capture things that existed in their way to their own glory. The also wanted new lands and to capture native populations.

  9. The motivations of the Spanish Conquest to the New World was powered by wealth, spread of religion, and supplies. The Spanish wanted to find gold and silver and also went into search for Natural Resources. They also wanted to spread Catholicism to the New World. Europeans viewed themselves as more powerful than the rest of the world, which led them to see this as an opportunity to gain more economic wealth and communications.

    • I agree, the want to conquest was based off the three g’s, with the resources being the most important, and that they justified themselves by saying that they were over there to spread their religion, but they were really there to suck the resources out of the area for their benefit.

  10. The Spanish conquests of the New World were motivated by the desire for wealth and riches, to become famous, and to spread their ideas of morals and God and Christ to American Indians. Also known as the 3 G’s, gold, God, and glory.

  11. The Spanish Conquest of the new world was
    motivated by greed, curiosity, and need for exploration. Greed motivated explorers and spaniards because they wanted to spread Christianity by missionaries to other lands. Many others were just curious on what was out there. Additionally, with new technology, exploring became easier to do because of items like updated maps, accurate compasses, and better made boats or sails. Greed gave way for people to gain wealth and land because the new world was less condensed and populated than the old so there was more opportunity.

  12. The spaniards conquest was motivated by the three G’s:gold,God and glory.they saw this as a way to gain riches and fame,but justifying it through spread of religion.

    • The Spanish conquests to the new world were motivated by a want for gold, a want for glory, and people where under the impression that they Were doing it for god. It impacted Europe because new and exciting good were coming in.

  13. The spanish conquest was motivated by opportunities of implanting new ideas and forms and it made Europeans think they were higher than the world with new power, which spanish led by their force of will and personal power

    • I agree, that the Spanish were motivated by implanting new ideas and how Europeans think they were higher then other with their new power. I think you could expand more on what kinds of things brought them fame or how they tricked people.

  14. The motivations of the Spanish Conquest in the New World is the 3g’s, gold,God, and Glory. The Spanish saw the Americas as an opportunity to expand their land and wealth. Gold and silver would signify Europe’s power and it will strengthened Spain. Religion also played a role in their motivation. Catholic nations were strong in Portugal and Spain. They motivated the people in the Americas and approve Christian global dominance

  15. The Spanish wanted to take colonize the new world for gold, glory, and god. They only saw the new world as an opportunity and nothing else. This made the Europeans who went over think that they were more important than the people in the new world, and that they had the right to take what they wanted.

  16. The Spanish conquests to the New World were motivated by greed which is justified through the three G’s, gold, God, and glory. They were driven by the want of religious dominance and the expansion of their land when they had occupied the West. In which validates the Spanish greed in the terms of their want of wealth and expansion into their conquests.

  17. The Spanish were motivated to travel and explore the new world to gain new metals and and resources. They were exploiting the people of the new world and justified it but saying that they were spreading religion to save the people in the new world from damnation. It changed theirs views of the new world by looking at it as a opportunity from economic and and communication strengthening.

    • I agree with your statement, and how you stated how the Europeans justified there reasons for being in the new world and exploiting the inhabitants and resources. Even though they justifies there reason for being there by saying they were spreading religion and hiding the real reason (for the metals like silver), do you think that European contact was worth it in the long run, despite deaths they non-intentionally inflicted on the natives through disease?

  18. The motivations of the Spanish conquest of the New World were mainly focused on gaining land,spices, and other riches. Due to them gaining new spices and riches, this heavily impacted trade along with the introduction of the potato which made the Spanish a major trader in the world. This changed how the Europe viewed the world by making them more involved in trade rather than isolated like they were before.

  19. The motivations of the Spanish conquest of the New World were mainly focused on gaining land,spices, and other riches. Due to them gaining new spices and riches, this heavily impacted trade along with the introduction of the potato which made the Spanish a major trader in the world. This changed how the Europe viewed the world by making them more involved in trade rather than isolated like they were before. This changed Europe and made them more active in world trade then ever before.

  20. The spanish conquests were motivated by the greed for new resources. Once They found that this new world had new resources. They became greedy to bring them back to Spain, which relates to the gold portion of the three g’s, where gold represents valuable resources.

  21. The spanish conquest was motivated by their want for wealth, and expansion. By expanding into western regions, the spanish were gaining not only money, but land as well. They were capable of obtaining these things by using the spread of religion as a front.

  22. TheSpanish conquest of the new world was pioneered by the three g’s of exploration: Gold, glory, and God. There was also opportunities that called people to explore and to go to the new world. The Spanish went in search of new resources, new lands, new people to convert, and riches. The Europeans began to view the world as a new one, a world with many more opportunities and a way to become more powerful. They saw themselves as the most civilized and better than all, sent by God.

  23. The motivation for the Spanish Conquest of the New World was the want of what the New World has and what the Spaniards and don’t have, as well as having more land. They had greed for something new in the religions, technologies, and aspects on the culture. These conquests changed the European view on the world as they began to see the other countries as competitors in who could conquest the most land.

  24. The motivations for the Spanish Conquest were gold, god, and glory. The Spanish went to America because they saw it as a place to expand their land and increase their wealth. Religion was an important motivation because Portugal and Spain had strong Catholic nations. This helped motivate people to approve of Christian global dominance. Silver and Gold helped signify Europe’s power and strengthen Spain.

    • I completely agree with you on how the motivation for the Spanish conquest was the three g’s, which were gold, god, and glory, and how they could use the new world as another place to expand their land and increase their wealth.

    • Yes, Ben. I completely agree with you because the Europeans were driven mostly by the 3 G’s which you kind of mentioned and the viewpoint of Christianity being dominant also was of grand importance back in the day

  25. The Spaniards were conquistadors, meaning they only want to conquer stuff. So, they wanted to conquer the New World but needed justification for how they planned to mistreat the Natives. They used the European 3 G’s: Gold, Glory, and God. They really wanted land and gold but people only respected them doing things in the name of God.

  26. The Spanish Conquest of the New World can be accredited to the fact that Spaniards in that time had much interest in expanding their wealth. Spices and gold were prominent among these wealth-increasing products. This changed get the way that Europeans viewed the world because they were prime traders and viewed themselves as the most advancing culture so they sought to expand their reputation in any way they could and anyone who disagreed with them was treated unkindly.

  27. I couldn’t agree with you more, you worded this perfectly, especially your points about how the Europeans viewed themselves.

  28. The motivation behind the Spanish conquest of the new world was down to gold, god and glory. The Spanish wanted to obtain hold and other riches that existed throughout the Americas. They also wished to spread the ideas of Christianity and the Christian faith. The last is Glory for Spain. This is the idea of expanding the spraining empire.

  29. The motivations of the Spanish conquest of the new world were the three g’s and greed. They believed the new world was another way to spread their religion and obtain even more riches. This changed the way the Europeans viewed the world by they believed they were above everyone else and that they could do whatever.

  30. The Spanish conquest was motivated by the longing for the 3 g’s. Spaniards saw an opportunity in the Americas to expand on their wealth and land ownership. Spain and Europe were strengthened by mass amounts of gold and silver. Catholic provenances such as Portugal and Spain motivated people to accept global Cristian dominance, especially in the americas.

  31. The main motivation of the Spanish conquest was take land and precious resources that the new land offered. As “missionaries” they came in, and faster than never they helped themselves. As the spanish took, they executed their second purpose, to spread their sacred religion. The spanish wanted more land and resources, so they saw and opportunity and took it. Europeans saw it as an oppurtunity to gain economic strength and communications through trade.

  32. The main motivation for the Spanish conquests were the “3 G’s”. The Spanish mostly wanted gold so they went to the Americas to see what riches they could find. They used religion as a cover up for these explorations. They said they were converting the people in the new world to their religion

  33. What motivated the Spanish for conquests was the 3 g’s of exploration. They were expanding and taking over in hopes of earning gold. They weren’t conquering to learn new farming techniques or to have more land to farm on their intentions were only to make money. In order to get gold or any form of money, they would say that they are there to spread the words of God and the gospel, people would start to get on board with what they were saying and eventually gave them money.

  34. The Spanish Conquest was set forth by the rulers in order to bring glory to their nation, material wealth to their rulers and the word of God to their natives. The rest of Europe followed Spain’s example and viewed the rest of the world as ripe for the taking.

  35. The Spanish Conquest was primarily motivated on the fact that many of those in charge at the time viewed the New World as way to get riches. The New World was an area in the world were western life had not yet interacted or explored thoroughly, so the high chances of a profitable area was favored and craved for by them. While the land held new organisms and life and there was new civilizations for them to conquer, the Spanish Conquests were conducted on the goal of making a lot of fortunes (ie: gold and silver). The way that not only the Spanish but most of Europe viewed the world changed at this time also. Even though they encountered civilizations that had thrived for millennia before interaction, the Europeans viewed them as inferior and they wanted to change there ways, so that they would match that of their”superior” and better way of life. This included the way of life and the religion and how Europeans wanted to convert them to their religions.

    • I agree. I like that you mentioned how American civilizations had thrived for millennia before the arrival of the Spaniards, which indicates how foreign influence was a serious detriment to native prosperity.

    • I agree with you on the Europeans believing that they were superior. That this had effect the natives significantly because if not for that thought the Americas would have a very different history.

    • I agree because the three Gs were gold, glory, and God. You touched base on “gold”. The Spanish were greedy and wanted more land and minerals. I also agree on the Europeans seeing themselves as superior. They saw natives as inferior and attempted to change them.

  36. The motivations of the Spanish conquest of the new world was only merely gold, even though their expeditions were advertised to gain glory and god as well. The Europeans viewed the world as a place for trade for their obvious gain and did just that

  37. The primary motivations for the Spanish conquest of the New World were the promises of riches, such as silver and gold and that of the nobility rank for Iberian peasantry. The 3 G’s are gold, god, and glory.

  38. Greed was definitely a motive for the Spanish Expedition, along with Gold, Glory, and God (the three G’s). They weren’t exactly doing the greatest economically, and when they found gold and silver on the New World, they decided to colonize it to find tons and tons of the precious metals. They saw the rest of the world as places to trade for their economical growth. They believed they were “superior” to the New World and conquered their territories, and changed their whole way of life.

  39. The Spanish conquest of the new world was motivated by greed. All that the Spanish desired were more riches and power. They were telling people that they were going around to tell the word of god but they were just trying to manipulate people to get on board with them which would end up benefitting the Spanish in the long run. The Europeans felt it was great because they also wanted more riches and power.

  40. The Spanish conquest was motivated by wealth. All they wanted with land and wealth. They had told everyone that the expeditions were to spread the word of god. People were okay with that because they wanted more people to follow the same religion that they were apart of. After they began to ship luxury items back to Europe. Europeans were happy with this because who wouldn’t want these luxury that were worth so much money. This brought them the wealth and power that they have desired.

  41. The Spanish conquest of the new world was motivated by 3 g’s, which is gold, glory, and god. Especially they wanted gold and wanted to spread Christianity. It changed the way Europeans viewed the world. Europeans started to saw it as an opportunity to gain their economic power.

  42. The Spanish conquest was motivated by the Spanish leaders that saw the New World as a place full of riches. The New World gave Europeans the idea that they were superior and this gave then the right to take over land and become richer. The Spanish covered up there ambitions of greed by saying it was to spread the word of god into the Americas.

    • The motivation of the Spanish conquest of the New World were the 3 G’s. The 3 G’s are gold, glory, and God. Europeans started to view the New World as a source of mass income with their silver and gold mines. The Spanish soldiers were viewed with glory for their massive conquest, and gained fame. They also started to view the New World as corrupt and started to convert the “heathens” to Christianity. This was also used as a cover up for their greed in the New World. It made their acts in the New World more just because of the Christian cover up.

  43. The Spanish conquered the New World purely for wealth. They disguised their real motive by saying that they just wanted to convert everyone to Catholicism and save heathens from going to hell. Instead, they were really just conquering land and taking advantage of natives and Africans for labor. This cause Europe to think that they were better than everyone else and that they could just control whatever they wanted. Countries like Britain and France began taking land in North America and Portugal had control of Africa.

    • I agree with this comment and liked how you added in the labor portion of the Spanish and Native American peoples. I also liked the way you summarized it and used your own words so the reader could better understand and relate.

  44. The motivations of the Spanish conquest of the New World were the three G’s(gold, god, glory) as a way to expand and gain wealth, the search for natural resources and precious metals, and the spread/convert of Catholicism. It changed the way Europeans viewed the world by the Europeans viewing it as an opportunity to gain communications and economical strength through trade as well as seeing themselves superior than others.

  45. The main motives of the Spaniards conquering the New World was wealth and religion. With the New World containing a respectable amount of valuable minerals(mainly being silver and gold), the Spaniards were able to mine those minerals and return them back to Spain. Along with that, the Spaniards also claimed that they were traveling to the New World to spread the religion of Christianity, which while true, wasn’t as important to them as the wealth. The conquering of the New World opened Europeans eyes on the other regions on earth. This lead to Europe becoming very interested in not only trading with other regions(like Africa, India, China, etc.) but also getting more involved in other regions. This involvement allowed the Europeans to be viewed by the other regions of the earth as superior/ more powerful than them.

    • I agree with this, the motivations you listed strongly relate to the 3g’s of exploration and the view Europeans had on the world is also strongly accurate with them thinking that they are a superior race and trade as well.

  46. Within conquering the New World, the Spanish were motivated by greed for the lands; specifically to gain resources of the land through mining/agriculture. The New World conquerors mainly produced these goods through forced labor, or slavery, through the transportation of Africans to the New World. Initially, the excuse set by the Spanish was to teach the way of gods to the heathens in the America’s; this soon became apparent this was not the case. The Spanish’s main interest within the New World were in the three G’s (gold, god, glory), and through this interest, they conquered and took land of Natives, gaining resources despite economics problems.

  47. Within conquering the New World, the Spanish were motivated by the many possibilities for the lands; specifically to gain resources of the land through mining/agriculture. The New World conquerors mainly produced these goods through forced labor, or slavery, through the transportation of Africans to the New World. Initially, the excuse set by the Spanish was to teach the way of gods to the heathens in the America’s; this soon became apparent this was not the case. The Spanish’s main interest within the New World were in the three G’s (gold, god, glory), and through this interest, they conquered and took land of Natives, gaining resources despite economics problems.

  48. The motivations of the exploration of the New World include greed, god, and gold. Through greed, the Spanish hoped to expand their lands by exploring other unmarked territories. By god, the Spanish hoped to expand christianity but however most likely used religion to cover up their decisions of mass expansion, and finally through gold the Spanish hoped to gain more wealth and power in trading as well as to pay off any debts they have from all the wars they’ve been in. This conquest of the New World changed the way Europeans viewed the world because they viewed the world now as a source of income and decided to take matters into their own hands.

  49. The motivation of the Spanish conquest was greed for gold and silver in the new world. This changed the way the spainairds viewed the world because seeing the ‘uncultuted’ people, it inforced how they viewed themselves as superior

    • I agree because one of the three Gs were gold. The Spanish wanted wealth and to expand their land. In the New World, they mined for valuables and brought them back to Spain.

  50. The motivations of the Spanish conquest of the new world was because commerce, immigration and exploitation. Also the destruction of the Indians and the transformation of others also motivated the spanish. But the spanish were never satisfied and kept trying to get more. Europeans saw everything as theres as long as they can get it.

  51. The Spanish Conquest of the New World was motivated by greed and the want to expand. They wanted to spread their religion through expansion. They also desired wealth and land which motivated the conquests. The discovery of the New World was also motivated by their desire for personal fame and glory. This all lead to the Europeans viewing others as inferior and wanting to convert them to their ways.

  52. the motivations of the Spanish conquest of the new world were the three G’s because they had a lot with trading gold and silver with other people and country and leaders wanted glory and they wanted to be the best of everyone. This changed the way Europeans see the world by the Europeans thinking they are the best ad getting what every they and like land and slaves.

  53. The Spanish conquest’s main motivation was greed and expansion. They were also motivated by the three G’s (gold, god, and glory). This changed the way Europeans viewed the world because they now thought everything was “free-game” and they could take advantage of lands by obtaining as much of it as they could.

  54. The Spanish conquest’s main motivation was greed and expansion. They were also motivated by the three G’s (gold, god, and glory). This changed the way Europeans viewed the world because they now thought everything was “free-game” and they could take advantage of lands by obtaining as much of it as they could. I’m adding this last sentence because this website thinks I’m trying to make a duplicate or something of this comment and its not letting me submit.

  55. The motivations of the Spanish conquest of the New World was simply for power and glory. The Spanish claimed they sent missionaries to save non-believers of Christian ways. But in reality, they gained way more than forced followers. They gained new resources from this new land by mining. Without forced labor, they would have never been able to gain these resources. Yet they saw themselves as “superior”. Overall, this conquest came from greed.

  56. The motivations for Spanish conquest of the New World was for gold, glory, and god. There were many new resources that were available to Europe from the new world, but large imports of silver inflated Spain and surrounding Europe.

  57. I agree with your idea of the three g’s being the main reason that the Spaniards conquered Europe. However I feel like out of the three g’s, gold was the most important, followed by glory, and then god/religion in last.

  58. They were in search of new natural resources as well as precious metals and spreading Catholicism. Europeans saw an opportunity to gain economic strength and communications through trade

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