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Who was the AZTEC ruler in 1521 when the AZTEC empire was conquered?
• Moctezuma (CORTES took him prisoner & he was killed during fighting.)
SPANISH conquistador who led the EXPEDITION that caused the FALL of the AZTEC empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico (Tenochtitlan) under the King of Spain.
What helped Cortés defeat & conquer the AZTECS in 1521?
• He had better WEAPONS (Armor, Rifles, Muskets, bullets),
• There were many DISEASES (like SMALLPOX) that the Spanish brought with them that also helped wipe-out the Aztecs.
The ancient CAPITAL CITY of the AZTECS which is now present-day Mexico City. Founded c. 1325, it was conquered & destroyed by Cortés & his band of Spanish conquistadors in 1521.
an AZTEC woman and an ALLY of Cortés. She spoke many native languages of Mexico & persuaded many native peoples of Mexico to join Cortés in his fight because they did not want to live under AZTEC rule.
Today, Mexico City is the capital of what?
Today, Mexico City is the capital of Mexico (not New Spain).
To CHANGE... or a convert is a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief.
What was the name of another powerful & wealthy empire which was SOUTH of the AZTEC empire?
The empire of the INCAS was SOUTH of the AZTEC empire.
Where was the INCA Empire located?
ANDES Mountains in the country of PERU which is in the continent of SOUTH America
Who was the Spanish explorer who wanted to conquer this INCAN empire for SPAIN?
Francisco Pizarro was the Spanish conquisatador who was looking for GOLD in the wealthy INCA Empire.
What country was the richest in Europe? Why?
Spain, Beacuse of Cortes & Pizarro conquering the Aztec & Inca Empires
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
a Spanish conquistador looking for the 7 cities of Gold & who also claimed the American SOUTHWEST for Spain.
Coronado was a Spanish conquistador looking for the 7 cities of Gold in what is now the?
American Southwest (US)
What are the 7 cities of Gold?
Supposed to be 7 cities built entirely of gold --- but they where just 7 small villages
Lima (city in Peru)
Pizzaro founded a new capital city of the Incan empire called Lima, which is now the present-day capital city of Peru. The people who now live in Lima, Peru have a new culture & they are part Indian, part Spanish.
Describe the factors that enabled Cortés to defeat the Americas
metal armor, muskets, horses and allies
What are the changes the Spanish brought to New Spain?
built a new capital city, converted Indians to Christianity, brought diseases such as smallpox
What happened AFTER Esteban's death in what is now New Mexico?
Coronado continued the search for Cibola.
Describe an Indian's life on an ecomienda
They often worked without pay and were expected to become Christians
What impact did Columbus and Vespucci have on the Americas?
Many more Europeans traveled to the Americas, following the lead and routes of Columbus and Vespucci.
How did having Indian allies help Cortes conquer the Aztecs?
Allies helped the Spanish conquistadors communicate, get directions, and obtain food, shelter, supplies and addtional forces to conquer the Aztecs.
Why do archaeologists today find evidence of the ancient Aztec capital right in the center of Mexico City?
Mexico City was built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the former Aztec capital.
The Spanish explorers conquered Indian empires to gain land and riches. How do you think the Aztec and Incan people may have felt about these events?
They feared an end to their ways of life and their safety. They saw opportunities to advance and become part of the new culture taking over their land.
What steps were taken to find the kingdom of Cibola?
Cibola was searched for by Esteban, who had traveled with Cabeza de Vaca. After Esteban's death, Coronado continued the unsuccessful search.
What was colonial society like in New Spain?
The society in New Spain was organized by ancestry. Those coming from Spain- peninsulares- had the greatest status and power. Those who had no Spanish blood, like the Indians and Africans, held the lowest position.
How did Spain become one of the most powerful countries in the world in the 1600s?
Spain established colonies and built profitable settlements. The profits from the plantations and mines in the colonies helped make Spain one of the richest and most powerful countries in the world.
because Columbus believed he had reached the Indies, the Bahama Islands and other islands of the regions became known as the West Indies
List reasons Columbus made more voyages to West Indies
Bring people and animals back. Spain wanted to become rich. Spain wanted to start colonies.
What was the Columbian Exchange? List some of the results.
Movement of animals, people and diseases for a new way of life between East and West. Indians died. Europeans enjoyed new food.
How did Columbus' voyages impact the Americas?
Indians became slaves and Columbus showed Europeans the way to America.
What happened first in Spain's search for gold?
They traveled for 8 years to discover what is now SOUTHWEST United States.
What happened after Esteban's death in what is now New Mexico?
Coranado continued to search for Cibola.
What is the correct sequence of groups in New Spain's colonial society from most to least powerful?
1. Pensusulares- born in Spain 2. Creole- Spanish born in America 3. Mestizo- Indians and Spanish 4. Indians & Africans
Why did the Spanish landowners want to keep slaves?
So that they would not have to work and make crops.
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