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The Spanish were explorers during a period when there was competition in Europe for supremacy in every way: political, military, and economic. They gave little thought to other cultures except as they benefitted their home country. They viewed the American tribes as savages to be brought under their rule and their own religious beliefs. They treated the actual natives of India and other Asians just as badly (or worse) during the age of colonization. The Spanish harbored long resentment against Arabs for the 800 years of Moorish occupation of Spain (700-1492 AD).

The dreams of empire ended for the Spanish in 1898, although they have some small possessions in Africa. But in the 16th century, they were busily seeking treasure around the world.

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