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What was the symbolic significance of these lands of the Western Hemisphere? How far south in North America did the Norse explorers travel? Sweden, and Denmark, Viking warriors and traders ventured down to North Africa, across the Baltic Sea, up Russian rivers, and across the Black Sea to the fabled Turkish capital, Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). The Vikings also headed west, crossing the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, raiding towns in Ireland, settling in Iceland, and then exploring the coast of the uppermost reaches of North America.

Columbus chartered one seventyfive-foot ship, the Santa María, and the Spanish city of Palos supplied two smaller caravels, the Pinta and the Niña. From Palos on August 3, 1492, this little squadron of tiny ships, with about ninety men, most of them Spaniards, set sail westward for what Columbus thought was Asia. As the weeks passed, the crews grew first weary, then restless, then panicky. There was even whispered talk of mutiny. Two of Columbus’s captains urged him to turn back. But early on October 12 a lookout yelled, “Tierra!

But his courageous efforts made little headway against the process of forced evangelization. ” During the sixteenth century, Spanish America gradually developed into a settled society. The conquistadores were succeeded by a second generation of bureaucrats, and the encomienda gave way to the hacienda (a great farm or ranch) as the claim to land became a more important source of wealth than the Spanish claim to labor. From the outset, in sharp contrast to the later English experience, the Spanish government regulated every detail of colonial administration.

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