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First of all King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castille got married in 1464 The main reason that they got married was to unite their kingdoms into Spain The king and queen were Roman Catholic so they gave power to certain people to convert non-Catholics to Catholicism In 1482 the Roman Catholic monarchs renew the reconquista the military crusade ordered to conquer the remaining Muslim state in Iberia Granada In 1492 the Roman Catholic monarchs ordered all non-converted Jews expelled from Spain In April 1492 Spain received reports that the Portuguese succeeded in reaching the Indian Ocean therefore Spanish monarchs authorized Christopher Columbus to sail to Asia and establish trade and start to convert natives to Christianity The reasons that the monarchs let Columbus sail were mainly to search for spices and profits spread Christianity and to use some of their new technology like the caravel Columbus would receive one-tenth of all the profits and governance of the new lands would be shared by the monarchs and by Columbus There were mainly three different types of natives who lived in the Caribbean There were the Ciboneys in Cuba Caribs in the lesser Antilles and Taino-Arawaks in the Bahamas Cuba Jamaica Hispanola and Puerto Rico The population of the Caribbean Islands was probably not too much more than 1500000 of which about 1000000 lived mainly in Hispanola Hispanola was the center of Taino culture Between 1509 and 1520 the demand for native labor increased and the native population steeply decreased Here is a table of how rapidly the population of the Tainos decreased 1492- 1000000 about 1514- 28000 1508- 92000 1518- 16000 1509- 62000 1540- 250 1510- 66000 1570- 125 1512- 27000 By the 1540s the native population of the Tainos did not
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