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God, Gold or Glory?
Transcript of God, Gold or Glory?
Spain was being over run by Islam and needed to do something about it. They tried to convert more people to Catholics all around the world. Their first plan when they got to Mexico was to eliminate the most powerful city and destroy their false idols and religion, and then spread Gods Word to the surrounding
villages. Everyone had their own reason for going to Mexico. Many people went because they wanted to honor their god or country. Others for wealth. But I found that most of the Spanish went to Mexico seeking personal gain and to find a name for themselves. Several of the Spanish were only thinking of themselves. Many of the people who went to Mexico were also young men who heard of the tales of battle and glory from other wars, and wanted it. Also military success was strongly looked up to and was very important to many people. Conclusion When the spanish
went to Mexico and the new
world they were just following what
God told them in the great commission.
19, Therefore go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you.
And surely I am
with you always,
to the very end
of the age.” There are many reason the Spanish wanted to go to Mexico and then conquer the Aztecs. They wanted to spread their religion, they wanted more gold for their country and glory for themselves. There were good reasons for each of those factors. So what really was the most important reason the Spanish wanted to expand and conquer the Aztecs? Why did the spanish want to explore and conquer
the new world? I do not think that the main reason for Spain traveling to the Americas was God. I think Spain badly needed more money and didn't have enough for the missionary's to travel to the new world. Even though religion might have been a very important reason for traveling to the Americas their approach to converting more people to Catholics was horrible. I think it would never have worked. There was always a very selfish part of the Spanish and that for me ruled out this aspect for why the Spanish traveled to Mexico. Bibliography What would happen when
they got back? Why did Spain Need Gold? Because Spain had almost no industry they had to buy goods from other country's. And because gold was used to make coins Spain desperately needed it. Spain also needed to pay for it's protection against other country's. Without money Spain was a vulnerable poor country. Gold was a very important reason for the spanish to travel to the Americas. Alone gold is very powerful but if you only have gold I think that it is not the most important reason that Spain conquered the Aztecs. Even though all these aspects were very important to the spanish I think that gold and glory were most important. The reason that I chose both is because if you have one you will usually have the other. An example is that if you are a rich noble you will be famous and have a lot of money and if the Spanish came back from the new world with a lot of wealth they would be recognized for it. In my opinion glory was the most important factor for going to the new world, but it also comes with more then just glory. When the spanish came back to Spain from the Americas they were showered with glory and riches. That was a main reason that many people went to Mexico, like Cortes. Before Cortes traveled to Mexico he was already a rich noble. He just wanted glory like many others. Cortes wanted his glory so bad sometimes he even ignored the Governor Velazquez and continued his expedition. But after Cortes conquered the Aztecs he wanted to start a colony in Mexico; a colony that he could rule. He thought he would get more glory if he stayed in Mexico than if he went back to Spain. I think that glory was also a main part of traveling to the new world for the conquistadors. But again with glory usually also comes wealth. I know that many people went to Mexico seeking a name for themselves. Alone though I do not think that glory was the main reason the spanish conquered the Aztecs. Cortes Fitton, Avis, Donna Goodman, and Edward O'Connor. Worldviews Contact and Change. Don Mills, ON: Pearson Education Canada, 2007. Print.
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