Spanish Colonization


US History European Colonization Spanish Colonization
Students learn the main characteristics and motivations of the Spanish colonies in the Americas. They are introduced to the practice of encomienda, a forerunner of slavery in the Americas, and they examine how Bartoleme de las Pasas changed his views on this social issue.

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In this experience, students learn the main characteristics and motivations of the Spanish colonies in the Americas. They are also introduced to the practice of encomienda, a forerunner of slavery in the Americas, and they examine how Bartolomé de las Pasas changed his views on this social issue.

Objective:

  • Explain why Spain settled its colonies.


Once the New World had been “discovered,” various European countries began to establish colonies there. Each country had its own motivations and different strategies. In this experience, you will learn about New Spain, the Spanish colonies that were founded from the late fifteenth century.




A map of internal provinces of New Spain


Objective:
  • Explain why Spain settled its colonies.
The Spanish colony stretched from South America across Central American and into what would become the southern United States. One legacy of Spanish colonization is that in many of these countries Spanish remains the dominant language.


Name a city or state in the United States whose name originates from the Spanish language.

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You can offer examples:
  • Texas: friends
  • Florida: flowery
  • San Francisco, San Antonio, San Diego: City names that begin with “San” are named for Spanish saints.


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