Christopher Columbus<br />Made his famous voyage in 1492<br />He initiated the process of Spanish colonization (which eventually led to European Colonization of the Americas.)<br />“pre-Columbian” refers to the people and cultures before Columbus came<br />
Spanish Immigration to America<br />About 240,000 Spaniards came to the Americas in the 1500’s and 500,000 in the 1600’s<br />Population in present day Mexico declined 90% by the early 1600’s (due to disease and civil strife)<br />
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