Objective: De las Casas writes about the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the Caribbean in this work. Understanding more about Spain and its drive to explore and conquer puts a context around what he is writing about. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about Spain and its exploration of the world.
1) Homework: Write a research report about Spanish exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. Who were the explorers during this time period? Where did they explore? What lands did they "find" and claim for Spain? Why was Spain interested in exploring at this time?
Identify on a map the countries or areas that the Spanish claimed during its colonial period. Label each area with the name that it was known as during this time as well as what it is now called (if these are different). Color in the areas that were claimed...
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