Why did the Spaniards come to the Caribbean in the 16th century?

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There are a number of ways that you could look at this question.  Let us give a brief answer to each.

First, the question asks why Spaniards (or Europeans in general) would want to come to a place like the Caribbean.  The typical answer given for this is “God, gold, and glory.”  The Spaniards wanted to find things to make them rich.  They wanted gold and spices and other valuable things.  The Spaniards wanted to increase Spain’s power and glory by giving it an empire and they wanted the personal glory of “discovering” new places. ...

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