The Spanish And English Colonies Essays

1632 Words Sep 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Directly following the start of the Commercial Revolution in the 1400s, Spain and England began to colonize the Americas, which was often referred to as the New World.The Spanish and English colonies were both similar and different in several ways. The Spanish and English colonies were slightly alike in the poor and unfair treatment of indigenous people and substantially different in religion and economic base.
The Spanish and English were slightly comparable in terms of treatment of indigenous people because of enslavement of native people and taking their land. The Spanish and English were alike in terms of the enslavement of native groups. Upon arrival in the New World, the Spanish immediately started to enslave the native people of the Aztec and Mayan empires. One of the main goals of the Spanish was to gather wealth for their nation, and this was done by forcing the Native Americans to farm cash crops and mine bullion. When the Spanish began to focus more on trade, the colonists also shipped the natives away from their families to different parts of the world as slaves. Eventually, the Spanish outlawed limited forms of slavery, but not all. Treatment did not improve. It was just slavery under another name. The English eventually enslaved Native Americans, but in the beginning, the English colonists wanted to have a somewhat peaceful relationship with the original inhabitants of the land. Tensions were moderate between the Indians and the English colonists while the…

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