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.
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