It was 1532 when Pizzaro set foot on Incan territory. The Incas declared war upon the Spanish and a battle soon commenced. But the battle was one sided, the majority of the blood shed was from the Incas and not the Conquistadors but was instead from the Incas. The battle was in no way fair as the Spanish had horses, steel, guns, books and germs on their side. Understanding why the explorers had an advantage over the explored is crucial to understanding why todays developed countries are the way they are and have an economical advantage over some countries.
While the Spanish inquisition was going on back in Spain, a representative of Spain named Pizarro was taking over an entire colony. Pizarro's company of 168 won against Atahuallpa's army of 7,000 using a few advantages other than numbers. Pizarro was going to win all along, because of his Military advances, Atahuallpa’s ignorance, and his use of an ambush. There are many reasons why the Spaniards won in the battle between them and the Inca. Probably the most useful of those reasons would be their military advances.
They ran into battle performing songs and communicating with the soldiers. Drummer boys truly were the bravest generation of their time. Have you ever walked into 1,200 guns aiming straight at you? Drummer boys in the Civil War have, some even did it more than once. Drummer boys, who also served as soldiers, were some of the bravest boys in the country during the Civil War.
Defeat struck the Aztec Empire in 1521 when Hernan Cortes and his army invaded and conquered Tenochtitlan, bringing the end of the great civilization. Could the Aztecs have done something before, something that could have changed the way the Empire had come to an end? Geography helped in a major way, surrounding the Aztecs with protection from Mt.Popocatepetl and Mt.Iztaccihuatl . The weapons and war strategies that the Aztecs used were very well planned and could have defeated the Spanish. Even so, Montezuma, the emperor of the Aztecs, had to ruin the victory.
The Silk Road was the missing factor that would change the face of warfare across the planet. Merchants travelled across mountain ranges and deserts to bring gunpowder to the west. The gunpowder had the greatest impact on western civilization, as we know it today. The introduction first commenced when Arabian scientists started experimenting with gunpowder and its utilizations in warfare. When Europe invaded the Arabs in the 11th century, they turned their newfound weapon on the European troops, which initially sparked fear, interest and high demand on the West, who were very induced in war.
The Aztec Empire was conquered by the Spanish in 1519 so quickly and rapidly that the Aztec people were left with devastating effects. When the Spanish went to invade the Aztecs they were ready, they had strong steel swords that didn 't break easily and they had cannons and guns as well. But sadly the Aztecs weren 't as rich as the Spanish and only had wooden spears, wooden clubs and wooden and leather shields which could break easily and were no match for the
In Spain, the royalty and the venturesome citizens had something in common; a desire for gold and power. The conquistadors of the Spanish Conquest obliterated ancient Native American nations in The Americas using weapons, strategies, and other occurrences. Whilst the goals of the Spaniards may not have been remarkably vicious, they ended up completely leveling progressive nations and spoiling decades or more of advancements in everything from mathematics to philosophy. My research has brought upon three topics: the goals of the Spanish Conquest, the stories of the Native American empires, and the destruction of said empires. As has been noted, the Spanish conquistadors wanted gold and exorbitant commodities.
Spain used to be a force to reckon with, for sake of well being.But Spanish officials were often corrupt and committing acts of injustice,so neighboring countries chose to band up against Spain. After a warship has exploded, there was large controversy on who had done it, And the governments found it a good story to lie about and start a war, but really it was the product of a ship malfunction. American people wanted war, as did others, but Mckinley did not. However, he came through, and they went to war. One of the top ten presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, was a hero of Cuba.
Despite some earlier successes, the Spanish captured and executed Hidalgo, effectively making him a martyr for the movement, which only strengthened the fervor of the fight. Following the death of Father Hidalgo, Father Jose Maria Morelos takes over and becomes a leader in south. He is responsible for drafting the constitutional decree that abolished slavery and declared inde-pendence for Mexico. After years of guerilla warfare, Spanish officials capture Father Morelos during his fourth military campaign and execute him for treason. Elites, Creoles and Peninsulares realize the inevita-bility of Mexican Independence and join the movement in order to control the outcome in a benefitting way.
“Cortez went on to overthrow the empire of the Aztecs, it was clear that Spain’s empire of the Indies had come to stay.”- Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830, John Huxtable Eliot, p20. Unfortunately for the Indian natives this was well and truly the case. There should be total regret for the ravaging and diminishing treatment of the native peoples that inhabited the lands of the Americas. There can be nothing to celebrate when brutality and violence were inflicted on native peoples during the colonisation of these lands. The natives of islands such as Hispaniola were innocent, meek and naïve.
Both of these people committed these atrocities in the name of Spain and their country. In order to discover riches and find new flourishing land for the taking. These expeditions did affect their pocket book, giving them treasure from exploring and demolishing the Aztecs and Incas. This certainly impacted the Americas, as there isn’t an Aztec or Inca empire anymore. They came upon the indigenous people with
Religion also played a critical part in the defeat of the Incas. The Spaniards’ thought of themselves as superior and when Atahualpa threw their “Book” on the ground, the religious Spaniards were deeply offended. They immediately started fighting and quickly overpowered the surprised Indians. 22. Diseases probably played the biggest role in the collapse of the Incan empire.
The authors do an excellent job showing that while the Texans were outnumbered and everything was going against them they still fought because they feared they would be ruled with a dictator and would not have freedom like they already had. They felt like this because the Santa Anna led Mexican army fought by force, the soldiers were forced to fight. That is the definition of tyranny and the Texans wanted no part of that, William Travis even expressed their mindset in a letter saying, “VICTORY or DEATH.’’ (127). What the reader sees later is that the battle of the Alamo was not just a loss to the Mexican Army, it was really a wakeup call for everyone to realize that Santa Anna was ruthless and should be accounted for. For example Santa recalled to his men of Congress’s December 1835 edict “that the insurgents were all pirates worthy of extermination,” (153).