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Two years later, in 1500, Pedro Álvares Cabral landed at the northeast tip of Brazil. The territory was named for a type of wood found there (brazilwood), which was made into a rich, red dye. Legend has it that Cabral’s fleet was blown off course by fierce winds, but some scholars suggest that his off-course jog into the heart of the expanding Spanish overseas empire was actually intentional. In any event, Cabral claimed the territory of Brazil for Portugal, and then left to continue his voyage to the Far East.

Trabajo de historia. Tomo 1, 2d ed. Lima: G. Herrera Editores. Vargas Llosa, Mario. 1990. ” Harpers, December. Wachtel, Nathan. 1977. The Vision of the Vanquished. Brighton: Harvester Press. 36 37 4E Toward the Deep Continental Conquest T he three major conquests in Latin America— that of the Caribbean islands, the Aztec Empire, and the Inca Empire—resulted in an important process of consolidation for Spanish imperial ambitions. The Spaniards sought control over the entire South American landmass (save Brazil).

Under the New Laws, natives were guaranteed protected lands (called resguardos), they were offered Catholic religious instruction via regular visits from a doctrinero, and Spaniards were legally forbidden from enslaving Native Americans or treating them cruelly. In exchange, Native Americans were forced to obey Spanish authorities in America, especially the designated corregidores de indios (regional administrators/overseers). Most importantly perhaps, natives were forced to pay tribute in exchange for the crown’s protection.

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