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In the early 16th century the European super powers England France and Spain decided to broaden their horizons All three set sail in an attempt to further their power But when they reached the shores of what is now known as Canada and Mexico what would they find Would they find a land all ready occupied by a new and distinctly fascinating society No they found a land for the taking These European settlers gave no regard to the native populations whom already occupied this vast land Explorers such as Hernan Cortes and Jacques Cartier carried out this travesty by such factors as political and psychological warfare economic competition between native cultures and through the importation of diseaseThe Spanish led by the Hernan Cortes were responsible for the near annihilation of the native populations of Mexico The main objective of the mission was to accumulate wealth so that Cortes could get rid of the large debt he and his men had incurred for this expensive expedition as they had not been very successful on previous missions Meyer 93 When the expedition arrived in Tabasco the local natives resisted Cortes and the bloodshed began The Spanish fought and killed two hundred natives while suffering only two deaths Because of this battle the natives believed that the Spanish were invincible Cortes used this to his advantage He used horses greyhounds and firearms to scare and intimidate the natives He even went so far as to stage mock battles Meyer 98 Cortes also used the native rivalries to his advantage He would use all the natives that were against the Aztecs the only known threat to the Spanish as slaves and warriors to help him fight In 1519 Cortes and his new men found their way into a town called Cholula that was allied with the Aztecs The Spanish attacked and burned the town killing six thousand Cholulan warriors Meyer104 Cortes used this massacre to send a powerful
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