In the game The Curious Expedition, one explores new worlds in hopes of achieving fame and wealth. The game has several mechanisms that relate back to the events in the Age of Exploration, including the Standing mechanism. The Standing mechanic itself controls how well the natives accept and help the character. The higher the standing, the more helpful and peaceful the natives are. The lower the number, the more aggressive and suspicious. It can be affected by how long one imposes upon them, acceptance of their gifts, and stealing artifacts. A lower standing may cause one to be followed or attacked. The Standing mechanic of The Curious Expedition closely mirrors native reactions to explorers stealing their goods in that as explorers took goods, …show more content…
As a fugitive, he was given gold and goods by local town leaders. Intrigued by this, Cortes dubbed himself governor and began visiting local towns under Aztec rule, where he was seen as the possible savior from Montezuma. With more and more riches pouring in as tribute, Cortes wrote to Europe and secured a post as an explorer, exploring more of the surrounding towns and gaining their respect and fear, eventually ending up with gifts from Montezuma himself. His reputation was noble and he was well received within the confines of the Aztec empire as his gold came from tribute, not force. However, here is where his reputation began declining. Cortes began bringing local villages under Spanish rule and confiscating gold from said towns. This escalated into the slaughter of villages for gold and stealing riches from them, sending his reputation spiraling downwards. The natives began uprising against Cortes and were in turn killed, their bodies stripped of jewelry and desecrated in similar manners. Cortes then called Spanish forces to aid him, felling Tenochtitlan and gaining riches for Spain. Since his riches were not being volunteered because of a lowered reputation, Cortes felt the need to take riches, further damaging his …show more content…
While Cortes was moving his armies west, towards the gold, he continuously spoke to the natives about their faith and the barbarity of it. He told the natives that they were blind with their idols, human sacrifice, and many gods. He managed to convert a great many and have a cross erected in one of their shrines, the previous idols no doubt confiscated by his men. This religious superiority gave Cortes a self-given right to govern and take from the natives in order to show them the path of righteousness. This righteousness halted, however, in the face of his greed. When first arriving in South America, Cortes learned that gold was farther westward that he had thought. Subsequently, he moved his forces west in order to seek more gold. He also obtained gold from village leaders, allying with them against Montezuma for this reason. As he moved farther west, towards Tenochtitlan, words got to Montezuma of Cortes and the fearsome technology he carried. In an effort to dissuade them from visiting, Montezuma sent gold to Cortes. However, this only piqued Cortes’s interest and he continued west, picking up gold as he went. In fact, he even asked Montezuma for more, saying, “… I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can only be cured with gold.” These various examples of Cortes’s greed show the motivation with which he moved westwards and
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He claimed to have seen Cibola, which was one of the Seven Cities of Gold. He and Coronado, along with their men, set out on an expedition to find the seven cities. They followed many Indian trails and pathways along the journey. They stumbled upon a pueblo of Hawikuh, home to the Zuni people. The Zuni’s began the flea from the more powerful Spanish guns.
These titles to be passed on to his heirs in perpetuity. 2. The Spanish and their allies, the Tlaxcala’s, were motivated by the abundance of gold that the Aztecs demonstrated they possessed, by the gifts they gave to the Spanish, when they first arrived. Astounded by the opulence of the “golden banners, banners of precious feathers and gold necklaces”, the Spanish reacted to their thirst for gold as though “they were gluttonous for it, starved for it, piggishly wanting it.” The Spanish based the reason for their attack on Cholula, and “sacked and looted, because of its leaders’ lack of cooperation.”
He justifies his submission to the Spanish on the evil omens that foretold the arrival of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire. The Spanish plundered the Aztec nation and easily assume they have privilege and superiority over Montezuma’s
Not just that he also wanted the gold plus other riches that were supposably in Mexico. Montezuma however did not want that to happen so he sent his men with gifts to appease them. It turns out that did not appease them. Later Montezuma was killed. I believe this is
In 1521 Cortes returned to several thousand tribes to include the Texxocans, Chulca, and Tepanec for a final battle. Cortes and his Spanish force besieged Tenochtitlan cutting off water and food supplies. Despite a fierce resistance the city fell August 1521, more than 200,000 people died in the struggle (History.com Staff,
The Age of Exploration occurred from 1400 to 1700 C.E. It is famously known as the Age of Exploration because it was a time when explorers from Europe travelled by sea to explore west of them, and make many geographical advances. Exploration was motivated by gold, glory, and God. Along with their motivation, the Europeans also wanted to find trading partners, new goods, new trade routes, and simply find new land. With exploration, there were many good effects and many bad ones.
Q1: A. According to Las Casas, the Spaniards had one influence that encouraged such acts of cruelty and that was greed. The Spaniards wanted gold. As much gold as they could get their hands on. Las Casas stated that by becoming rich so fast, the Spaniards hoped that this would lead to a “rise to a high estate disproportionate to their merits” (3).
Cortes, as well as many other explorers during this time, was inspired by the Three G’s: God, gold, and glory. He planned to conquer the new lands for Spain, to convert the natives to Catholicism, and to obtain the riches of the land, mostly gold. Conquistador is basically a record of the last days of the Aztec civilization, as the two groups, the Aztecs and the Spaniards, clash, and the Spaniards ultimately come out on top.
In the 15 to 17 century’s during the Age of Exploration, Europeans would explore unknown region of the world. Explorers had different reasons of discovering these places from wanting to go there their whole life to doing it for trade with goods or to make money. One thing all of these explorers have in common is conquering the land they find for themselves or their country. Others may argue they are just explorers and do it for the fun. Some argue they were just merchants trading slaves and goods with other countries around them and some say they are missionary’s trying to convert the native people to their religion.
The Spanish were able to colonize Mexico without much resistance.” After the smallpox epidemic, the Aztecs were even more vulnerable. The Spanish exploration and conquering of Tenochtitlan was to gain power for the Spanish empire, but the city’s people were somewhat considered rebellious, and consequently, Cortes needed to conquer/kill the people first. By taking down the people of the city, Cortes was exposed to the city’s great treasures for his reward of gold; he retrieved all the gold he could, and travelled back to Spain where he was labelled a hero for his acts of
1. Zinn had stated that many historians have so far heavily relied on biased views that are influenced by ideological choices on what to present and emphasize in portraying history. However Zinn is not to ‘accuse, judge, condemn Columbus’, but to question against the ‘easy acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary price to pay for progress.’ In other words, Zinn is challenging the prevalent, stereotypical story telling of the American history by demoting the exaggerated heroism, and telling it from the victims and the lessor’s perspective. 2.
They both killed in the name of religion, and both growing empires willing to do anything to gain more power. Cortés was sent on expedition to establish trading deals with the Natives in and around the Yucatan peninsula, under order of Diego Velázquez, who was the Governor of Cuba. Velázquez soon regretted his decision and to stop Cortés from ever leaving
In The Requerimiento by Juan López de Palacios Rubios, natives in the new world were told, “We ask that … you acknowledge the Christian church as the ruler and superior of the whole world, and as superiors that you agree to let the Christian priests preach to you … (The Priests) shall not compel you to become Christians unless you yourself wish to be converted. But if you do not do this … we shall forcefully enter into your country and make war against you.” The Spanish conquistadors allowed natives to choose whether or not they wanted to convert to Christianity, However if they did not, then the Spanish turned them into slaves. The True History of the Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo openly stated that a reason for Spanish exploration was, “To serve God and his majesty, to give light to those who were in darkness.” The Spanish viewed non-Christians as unintelligent people because they believed in a different God.
European explorers and conquistadors during the age of exploration were motivated by three things: God, gold and glory. The two most prominent of the three between 1492 and 1607 were gold and glory. Beginning in 1492 gold motivated many explorers, from Christopher Columbus’s voyage to the New World to the Virginia Company’s colonization of America. Gold is a symbol for wealth, and many explorers soon realized the New World’s potential for wealth. The Spanish’s interest in wealth inspired Columbus’s expedition in the first place, as he was sent to India to trade for spices.