Age Of Exploration Dbq Analysis

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European explorers, conquistadors, and settlers from the Age of Exploration should not be celebrated in the twenty-first century because even though they explored the places that we now live, they terrorized every native in every continent, country, and city that they explored. Europeans first began affecting native Indians in the 1400s when they brought smallpox to the Incas and Aztecs. Conquistadors terrorized native communities by trying to convert them to Christianity. Europeans inflicted numerous deeds of tyranny and cruelty onto the natives through disease, Christianity, and the need for gold.
There were many forms of disease brought from Europe, given to natives living in America from European explorers. Smallpox, a sickness originating from domestic animals such as pigs and horses; infected Aztecs and Incas in Mexico, drastically making populations fall from “30 million in 1519 to 3 million in 1568” (Doc 6). Measles also devastated Aztec and Inca populations. European explorers brought syphilis, tuberculosis, mumps, whooping cough, gonorrhea, parasites, and influenza. These many forms of disease contributed to Europeans success and assisted them in conquering and settling in the New World.
From about 1400 to 1800,
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Europeans had three main goals. They wanted to spread Christianity to all natives, who were lost without God. Explorers from Europe sought to claim wealth, glory, and fame for Europe. Wealth was very important, as gold and silver was highly valued in the 1500s. Conquistadors terrorised native communities by trying to convert them to Christianity, and Europeans inflicted numerous deeds of tyranny and cruelty onto the natives, which is why the Age of Exploration should not be celebrated in the twenty-first

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