One of the biggest negative results of the Colombian exchange was the destruction and demise of many aspects of the indigenous cultures found in the Americas. Intent on claiming resources and materials that they found for their country, the "conquistadores," or conquering people, trampled and destroyed many aspects of indigenous culture, such as artwork, tribal languages, and religions, in the name of conquest. As the conquering people settled into their new territories, they brought with them their languages and values and imposed them upon the native people of the Americas. Because of this, many of the tribal languages fell out of use and became extinct. Today, only a fraction of native languages still remain. As well as languages, indigenous religions were absorbed into the presiding religions that were brought over. Both Catholic and Protestant religions acquired many new converts, who were forcibly converted under threat of death. The elimination of many tribal languages and religions weakened and destroyed important aspects of the native cultures and therefore was one of the most long-lasting and negative results of the Colombian exchange.