The Spaniards brought disease with them to Mexico which decimated the Native population.
One of Cortes’ men had smallpox.
The Aztecs had never been exposed to European diseases, so they had no immunity to the diseases.
Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, was surrounded by water that the people used for drinking and bathing
Smallpox spread through water.
How did the Spanish govern their new American Colonies?
Spanish Colonial ModelColonies Spanish King: Created the power structure to help him rule over the colonies Council of the Indies : Governed the American colonies from Spain Viceroy a.k.a Vice King: Ruled in place of the Spanish King in the colonies. Audiencia a.k.a. Judges : Checked and balanced the Viceroy’s power The People in the Colonies: Order of Power: Peninsulares, Creoles, Mestizos, Mulattoes, Africans, Native Americans
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