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"But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them." (Columbus, 1494) Not only did Columbus seize goods from the new land to take back to Spain; such as cacao beans, flint axes, pottery, and cotton garments, but he also enslaved the natives of the New World and forced them to mine for gold and silver...
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During his short reign as governor of the newly discovered territories, Columbus even tried to sell Native Americans as slaves in Spain. "Two expeditions led directly to Spain's emergence as sixteenth-century Europe's wealthiest and most powerful nation." (History Study Center, 1991) In 1519, Conquistadors led by Hernando Cortes conquered the Aztec empire in present-day Mexico, seizing the Aztec's gold and silver mines...
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