23. Setting the Scene

The colony that Columbus founded on Hispaniola was by this point, well and truely up and running. While it only occupied a tiny part of what would become Spanish America, the foundations for empire were being laid.

Today we take a step back from the story and look at what these foundations looked like. There were three things that would have a profound impact on the Spanish empire, The Treaty of Tordesillas, the conquistador model of conquest and the competing motivations of the various Spanish actors. This episode examines them all.

Dancing Statues in Mexico.

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