Spanish Conquistadors: A Religious Analysis

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Christianity was an essential component for empires in 15th century Europe. Religion became a powerful driving factor for the Spanish to convert and colonize the Americas in a process they justified as divine duty. Invoking religion was not a simple solution to this controversy as it could be used with great efficiency by both sides. Although the Spanish conquistadors generally pressed the importance of converting the natives as a justification for their conquest, conversion being a core tenant of the faith, Bartolome de Las Casas highlighted the grievous sins committed by the conquistadors and how this fundamentally violated the precepts of the faith itself. Thus, mounting convincing challenge to the fidelity towards these religious principles.
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