America: a narrative history by David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

By David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

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Like the French and the British after them, the Spanish who conquered vast areas of the Western Hemisphere were willing to risk everything in pursuit of wealth, power, glory, or divine approval. Many of the Europeans in the first wave of settlement died of malnutrition or disease. But the Indians suffered far more casualties, for they were ill equipped to resist the European invaders. Disunity everywhere—civil disorder, rebellion, and tribal warfare—left the indigenous peoples vulnerable to division and foreign conquest.

Their 20,000 indigenous allies remained loyal, however, and Cortés gradually regrouped his forces. In 1521, he besieged the imperial city for eighty-five S PA N I S H I N VA D E R S The Spanish Empire • 31 days, cutting off its access to water and food and allowing a smallpox epidemic to decimate the inhabitants. As a Spaniard observed, the smallpox “spread over the people as great destruction. Some it covered on all parts— their faces, their heads, their breasts, and so on. There was great havoc.

For example, the Pueblos of the Southwest practiced two religious traditions simultaneously, adopting Spanish Catholicism under duress while retaining the essence of their inherited animistic faith. The “Spanish borderlands” of the southern United States preserve many reminders of the Spanish presence.

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