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The Economic Aspects of Spanish Imperialism in America, 1492–1810$
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John Fisher

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235521

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313011

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Economic Aspects of Spanish Imperial Expansion, 1492–1550

Economic Aspects of Spanish Imperial Expansion, 1492–1550

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(p.12) Chapter 2 Economic Aspects of Spanish Imperial Expansion, 1492–1550
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The Economic Aspects of Spanish Imperialism in America, 1492–1810
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DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313011.002

Christopher Columbus's discovery of America in 1492 was part of a general process of European expansion into the Atlantic. Most of the discoverers and conquerors who followed in the footsteps of Columbus were driven by the quest for material wealth, the same goal of Portugal's overseas expansion that began in the fifteenth century. This chapter examines the economic aspects of Spain's imperial expansion in America from 1492 until 1550, first providing an overview of Columbus's first voyage on behalf of Castile and describing his subsequent expeditions. It then looks at Hernán Cortés's conquest of Mexico and early trade between Spain and America, along with Spanish exploration in South America.

Keywords:   Christopher Columbus, expeditions, America, Spain, imperial expansion, trade, Hernán Cortés, Mexico, South America, exploration

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