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"Progress" Of The 15th And 16th Century

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1What is progress? The definition of progress is that of a forward or onward movement; gradual betterment. With knowing this can one say that the Spaniards of the New World made progress? Was progress the same for the Indians? Did they feel that they made progress like the Spaniards had thought? Progress can have different meanings to every individual but selfish desires can cloud one's mind and the true meaning of progress.The Spaniards, of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries or the New World, wanted to make progress in the world and also had a very similar understanding of progress. By progress they meant extending their Christian faith to all of the world and make more followers in their belief. Learning from the natives about their homelands was crucial if the Spanish were to ever make believers of the natives. The rest of the world was also not as educated as the Spaniards and the Spaniards wanted to develop the rest of humankind and share their knowledge. "Spaniards were always involved in the new technology of the world."# They were always moving forward with the development of the world. They often believed that what they were doing was what God had wanted them to do because of their Christian belief. The Spaniards took natives onto their ships in hopes of giving them the Christian religion and also to educate the natives about their knowledge of the world."The Spaniards would use their Christianity to take over lands because they belief that God was on their side and that their religion is superior to that of the rest of the worlds religions."# The Spaniards had the ability to read and to write and this gave them more knowledge about the world and how uneducated the world really was, especially2compared to them. When Christopher Columbus made contact with the Arawak Indianshe saw that they wore little clothing and that some of them had paint on their faces. One native even cut himself with a sword out of ignorance. "They do not bear arms, and donot know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance."# Columbus saw great potential for these Arawak Indians because he thought that they had no belief and would be able to convert to the Christian religion easily.The Spaniards would go from land to land in search of making progress in the world. "They went from island to island in the Caribbean."# They never let anything get in their way from moving forward and making progress for the world. The Spaniards, in the end, did end up spreading Christianity throughout many lands of the world. If it was not for the Spaniards of the New World many great things about today's world would not be what they are. Spaniards of the New world had a lot of power which allowed them to continue to make progress. They would go from land to land in search of gold and when they couldn't find anymore gold on one land they would move forward to the next land for more gold. The Spaniards made a lot of progress in their...

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