Conquistadors : “Conquerors” came to spread God & wealth
Hernán Cortés : Mexico & Aztec riches (1519)
Francisco Pizarro : Peru & Inca Empire (1532)
Empire spread through N. & S. America and West Indies
European diseases killed Natives; African slaves replaced them
XII. Atlantic Slave Trade: buying and selling of Africans for work in the Americas
Long voyage from Africa to America
Often very harsh and cruel
People crammed into ships, beaten, and given little food.
20 % of the people on these ships died
Europe Africa Americas Europeans sailed to Africa to trade manufactured goods for people. The Middle Passage: Africans were carried across the Atlantic to the Americas to be sold into slavery. Traders brought back sugar, coffee, and tobacco to Europe.