America: a narrative history by David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

By David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

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Spain established by force a Christian empire in the Western Hemisphere. Through the various Catholic evangelical orders—Augustinians, Benedictines, Dominicans, Franciscans, and Jesuits—the Spanish (and later the French) launched a massive effort to convert the Indians (“heathens”). During the sixteenth century, thousands of priests fanned out across New Spain (and, later, New France). The missionaries ventured into the remotest areas to spread the gospel. Many of them decided that the Indians of Mexico could be converted only by force.

Europeans had long wondered about what lay beyond the western horizon. During the tenth and eleventh centuries the Vikings (seafaring Norse peoples who lived in Scandinavia) crisscrossed much of the globe. From villages in Norway, Vikings in the “New World” A Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, in northeastern Canada. Reconstructed longhouses in Icelandic Viking style are in the background. 16 • THE COLLISION OF CULTURES (CH. 1) GREENLAND NORWAY FAROE ISLANDS ICELAND SHETLAND ISLANDS SCOTLAND NORTH SEA LABRADOR IRELAND N O RT H AMERICA CAPE COD L’Anse aux Meadows ENGLAND EUROPE NEWFOUNDLAND AT L A N T I C O C E A N NORSE DISCOVERIES Norse settlements AFRICA When did the first Norse settlers reach North America?

During the early sixteenth century, however, the English grew so preoccupied with internal divisions and war with France that they failed to capitalize on Cabot’s discoveries. In 1513 the Spaniard Vasco Núñez de Balboa became the first European to sight the Pacific Ocean, having crossed the Isthmus of Panama on foot. The Spanish were eager to find a passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. To that end, in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan, a haughty Portuguese sea captain 26 THE COLLISION OF CULTURES (CH.

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