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How did the Spanish defeat the Incas and the Aztecs?

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How did the Spanish defeat the Incas and the Aztecs? Several factors made it easy for a small group of Spaniards to conquer these great civilizations. Though vastly outnumbered the Spanish had horses, armour and guns which gave them a huge advantage over the native warriors. The Incas and the Aztecs had never seen anyone in armour, and thought that the Spaniards were supernatural beings.
They did not use steel, and had no defence against Spanish swords and crossbows.

Horses were unknown in Central and South America, and at first the Native Indians thought that man and horse were one monstrous creature.
The Spaniards brought with them devastating diseases such as smallpox, which ravaged these peoples.

They had no resistance to the smallpox virus, and millions of them died. The Native Indians often offered no resistance to the Spanish advance, becoming totally demoralized at the collapse of their ordered society.


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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 04 January '12


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