Spanish Castilian Empire

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Why was it considered necessary for the Spanish Crown to justify and legitimise the conquest of the Americas and what arguments and means did it employ for this purpose? Every colonial country needs an idea to base its conquest and Spain was no different. The ideology behind the Spanish conquest of the Americas was the spread of Catholicism. This belief in the conversion of the Indians is what drove the Spanish to conquer, settle and …

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…society. The conquest was justified through humanitarian and religious grounds but was pursued due to the lust for power and wealth. The Spanish ideologies were legitimised but unfortunately their actions were inhumane and greedy. In conclusion, the Castilians did contribute significantly to the rise of Amerindian society and primarily their intentions were good but ultimately they reaped more than they sowed. Bibliography Parry Spanish Seaborne Empire Baxewell A History of Latin America Microsoft - Encarta 2000