Spanish Conquistador Rhetorical Analysis

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When the three cultural extremes of the Spanish Conquistadores, the English Settlers, and the Native Americans converged in the New World, their morals and values were negatively influenced. The Conquistadores were in search of wealth in abundance in the New World, and were determined to find it. The English Settlers came to establish a colony absent of the pressures of Roman Catholicism. The Native Americans were living in peace until the disruption of foreign civilizations. All three factions would have to adapt once their beliefs and ideals clashed. In the Golden Age of Spanish influence and cultural expansion and conquest, in all facets, was a constant objective. As exploration of the New World grew more popular by the year, hopeful Spanish…show more content…
One of the most determined of these explorers was Hernando Fontaneda, an unfortunate Spanish Conquistador that discovered the harsh reality of venturing into the unknown. After being shipwrecked off the coast of Florida at the age of thirteen, lived among the Natives of Florida for 17 years before eventually returning to his homeland of Spain. He wrote a memoir containing the recollection of his interactions with the Natives and the geography of the area in which he was marooned. When describing the location of valuable items and ore he wrote, “the cacique (chief) is lord of the River of Canes, where the pearls and lands of lapis lazuli are, and the the gold is afar off…” Fontaneda constantly repeats his observation of little to no gold in land of present-day Florida. Fontaneda’s concern in his memoir is evident and reflects the Spanish ’ insatiable lust for gold. The Spanish eventually did find gold, however, were unsatisfied with the wealth it brought so they took many slaves and other relics of the New World to be sold in Spain. Fontaneda wrote of the Indians, “They go naked, except some in deer skins made into breech-cloths, with which the only conceal their shame.” The Conquistadores didn’t look to the Natives as equals but as objects in which to gain a profit. They completely disrespected the land
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