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What were the three goals of the Spanish colonization in the Americas?

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tangolikerain76 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 11, 2011 at 10:41 AM via web

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What were the three goals of the Spanish colonization in the Americas?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM (Answer #1)

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The three reasons the Spanish had for colonizing are usually listed as "gold, god, and glory."

"Gold" meant that one of the goals of Spanish colonization was to find gold or to otherwise get economic benefits from the colonies.

"God" meant that one of their goals was to spread Christianity.  This was a goal that they emphasized very strongly at least in their rhetoric.

"Glory" meant that both the individual explorers and the country of Spain wanted to gain glory and power.  The people wanted to become famous and powerful (along with getting rich).  The country of Spain wanted the glory and power than came with having the world's largest empire.

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