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The early colonial empires of Portugal, Spain, and England parallel each other inmany different aspects. However, each empire has specific unique characteristics that createthere individual legacies. Their motives varied economically and spiritually. These varyingfactors lead to different relations with the Native Americans and Africans. Yet, each countrypossesed the idea that their culture was superior to the Indians and Africans, and desired tocolonize areas that were rich in natural resources.The Portuguese voyages demonstrated the practicability of sailing long distances. Oncethis inconcievable feat was accomplished the Portuguese were able to set up trading posts inAfrica. Trade primarily revolved around gold and slaves. These trading posts were eventuallyopened up to the English and Spanish, which served to be a great factor in colonizing theirempires. Also, plantations were created on some islands in Africa where slaves did the laborand the Portuguese were able to make large amounts of profit. Portugal's colonization of theAmericas were set up mainly in present day Brazil. The Treaty or Tordesillas declared thatthe New World would be divided between Spain and Portugal.The main motive for Portugueseexpansion was to purify their subjects. All of these ventures were funded by their government,which desired to extend their slave trading to the Americas in attempt to Glorify their Empire.The Spanish were also funded by their government and made a colossal amountof money for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Spain and Portugal were fueding rivals.They both shared the idea of christianizing the people of the new world. In addition to thisthe Spanish quested for glory and gold. These economic motives combined with well trainedconquistadors proved to be vital in glorifying the Spanish empire. Also, the Spanish menwere obligated to marry Indians due to the shortage of...


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