The Age of Exploration was a complex period that fundamentally
changed the world. European
exploration and expansion — made possible
by technical innovations in sea travel — were driven
by a conflicting web of individual and national ambitions.
These European socio-political dynamics played out in
the “New World,” shaping the lives of incoming
European settlers as well as indigenous peoples and imported
African slaves. Nevertheless, European empire-builders
did not stumble across a tabula rasa. In Spanish
America especially, they encountered civilizations that — while
differing wildly in the details — had hierarchical
social structures very similar to those they had left
behind at home. The effects of this clash of empires
are still being felt to this day.
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