Compare and contrast the ways in which the Spanish and the French explored and settled the New World.
The Spanish and French explored the New World to gain wealth and political dominance, but the Spanish were more interested in converting Native populations to Catholicism. They took domestic conversion policies to the New World and were much more aggressive in this goal than the French. The two countries also focused on different regions within the New World. The Spanish focused more on South and Central America and Mexico, while the French were more focused on North America.
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