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Spanish Empire

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After Columbus sailed to the America (1492), Spain went about conquering the Americas.  Over time, Spain gained other territories beyond the Americas and became a maritime empire.  The Spanish Golden Age was a period of great cultural expansion from 1550 to 1600 paid for with wealth from the Americas, mostly silver.





All the areas that were once part of the Spanish Empire.



Causes for Spanish Growth (See also: Causes of European Exploration and Conquering 1450-1750)

  • Ferdinand and Isabella

  • Columbus

  • Treaty of Tordesillas

  • Magellan


Spanish Americas in the 1500s, 1600s, 1700s

  • Atlantic Slave Trade

  • Conquest Aztec

  • Conquest Incas'

  • Caribbean 

  • Spanish Americas Government 

  • Silver Trade

Other Spanish Territory 

  • Philippines



Loss of empire




See Also 

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