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  • Seven Myths ofthe SpanishConquest
  • Columbus Myth● Myth: Few inspired and inspiration European adventurers formed the key to the discovery and conquest of the New World● Fact:This myth ignores the long traditon of warfare on the Iberian peninsula, the decades of ocean navigation by the Portuguese and other historic realities.
  • Kings Army Myth● Myth: Conquerors were soldiers● Fact: Soldiers receive a salary. The conquerors of the Americas were entrepreneurs who invested their own effort, arms and supplies and livestock in the fighting of the battles. View slide
  • Myth of the White Conquistador● Myth: A Few hardy European adventurers were able to bring down entire empires of native people.● Fact: The actual fighting was frequently done by thousands of native troops. View slide
  • Myth of Completion● Myth: The conquest was inevitably going to lead to a wonderful conclusion, as somethign already accomplished, even as divinely inspired.● Fact: They sought to portray the conquest as part of a divine plan in which the Spanish crown was an agent of God and would better forestall the caim of other European powers.
  • The Myth of (Mis) Communication● Myth: The natives understood what was happening to the.● Fact: The natives could not understand Spanish, let alone the implications of the sujugtion to the Spanish crown.
  • The Myth of Native Desolation ● Myth: Native cultures simply could not withstand the force of conquest and were left helpless in its wake. ● Fact: The native cultures responded to the Spanish invaders with resilience and adaptation. Many natives seized on the opportunity and contuially challenged the Spanish at their own game.
  • The Myth of Superiority● Myth: Conquerors were the vanguard of civilization beating back hordes of barbarians.● Fact: The struggle was not as onesided as the conquerors would lead us to believe.