Spanish Exploration and Conquest


The decline of Spain as a major power

  • Cortés was an explorer from Spain who found treasures of gold and silver near to the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán.
  • Malinche was a female translator for Cortés.
  • The crown of Spain took control of the colonies and of America and created a hierarchal government.
  • They had Roman Catholic priests to teach their religion to the colonists and make them conform to their views.

Significance of Spain leaving America

The decline of Spain as a major power was caused by the rapid inflation, overpriced Spanish products on the market, and the South American gold miners giving out. This was significant to the development of America's history because it forced Spain to leave America due to its crumbling economy. Since there was nothing left to exploit they saw no other reason to be there.