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Latin America has gone through a lot of changes and influences that has made the countries stronger than they have ever been before Culture religion and lifestyle have changed because of many reasons but one factor that affected Latin American countries the most was the Spanish conquest during the sixteenth century By that time as Stearns states Spain was a multiethnic society in the process of centralization and unification under the Crown of Castile p 294 The Spaniards as Spanish people were called brought new ideas and culture as well as civilization to the New World America Just with the slight help from Christopher Columbus voyage European countries opened their eyes and he showed the way for other foreign countries to start navigating those unknown territories that man never tried to explore before And this is when Spain and its conquerors became interested in many of the Central and South American countries by listening from others about the gold very valuable precious rocks as well as mines that these countries had All these gave birth to new admiration and a big boom in Spaniards coming to the New World to gain land and fortune for themselves by exploiting the native people who lived on these lands such as the well-known empires the Incas and Aztecs Agreeing with Kalman 2003 The Spanish brought Roman Catholicism to Peru in the 1500s and forced many indigenous peoples to follow its practicesp18 However Spaniards not only came for looking for treasures but also wanted to force people to believe in their own religion Catholicism They tried to convert the native people who have no knowledge of Christianity Therefore the Spanish Conquest and Catholicism influenced Peruvian culture during the Spanish conquest in three different ways economically architecturally and it changed its language as wellSpanish Conquest influenced Peruvian culture economically during the Spanish conquest Before Peruvian people had a different economic system that consisted in trading or exchanging of something to
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