Cultural and Economic Responses by British and Spanish to Native Americans
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February 7, 2016
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Cortes responded in tune by laying siege to Tenochitlan, eventually taking the city after it suffered innumerable losses from a smallpox epidemic. In response, Cortes made the economy his own by introducing Spanish crops and livestock.
The Spanish were born to expand and conquer. Their tactics of merging with the present culture to make a new one, as shown with Cortes, allowed their empires to last longer and experience less opposition...
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Their tactics of merging with the present culture to make a new one, as shown with Cortes, allowed their empires to last longer and experience less opposition. In Cortes’s case, his soldiers intermarried with the indigenous Indians, and their offspring became the Mestizos. Cortes wouldn’t let his soldiers mingle with the ‘pagan women’ of Tenochitlan, so the Spanish soldiers got their Aztecan lovers to get baptized as soon as possible...
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