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First Spanish explorer who made contact with native Americans?
Smallpox, and other unfamiliar illnesses. Disease was spread by most if not all of the explorers to the New World.
John Smith and William Strachey compiled short dictionaries (word lists) of the Powhatan language in the period 1612 to 1624, but these lists were far from complete. A Spani…sh Franciscan priest wrote the first Nahuatl (Aztec) grammar in 1547, but this was not specifically a dictionary. Nahuatl dictionaries were produced by the Spanish during the 1550s and these are certainly the earliest native American dictionaries. The earliest known example was written by Alonso de Molina and titled Aqui comiença un vocabulario en la lengua castellana y mexicana. [Mexico: Juan Pablos, 1555] Roger Williams' dictionary of the Natick (Narragansett) language of 1643 is often wrongly stated to be the first native American dictionary, but this is clearly false. The idea seems to be based on the incorrect premise that "native American" only applies to North America - it definitely does not.
Cabeza deVaca, he became a trader and faith healer to the Native Americans, and developed respect and admiration for them. Read his wiki.
They treated them badly and they forced them to become Roman Catholic. - They were forced to work in mines, ranches, and farms. - They had to pay taxes (encomiendas) - B…artolome Las Casas (a priest) tried to reform the ways of the Spanish conquistadors and the colonists, but he was unsuccessful. The Spanish ruled the Natives' area and they took the gold and silver from them.... The Spanish also took many Natives as their slaves back with them. Many tribes were decimated by European diseases such as smallpox. Those that survived were enslaved, forced to convert to Catholicism, taken from their homelands, and trained to be "civilized" Spaniards.
The Native Americans were not expecting the Spaniards. When the Spaniards arrived, the Native Americans initially mistook them for Gods. The horse had not been introduced …outside of Europe yet and many Native Americans confused what they were seeing as half man and half horse. The natives were hospitable until it became apparent what the Spaniard's hidden agenda was.
They are called mestizos
Weapons to help hunt. And food to help survive.
The Spanish actually treated the Native Americans badly. They enslaved them and then took mostly all their tools. The Spanish conquistadors were interested in sending the gold… & silver that the Aztecs and Inca Native Americans had acquired. They made war on the tribes they encountered. The Spanish explorers/conquistadors made extensive missions into the South West of the Northern Hemisphere. They came to the western coast of what is now California. They also moved south from Mexico and overwhelmed the Incas in South America. The Spanish found out that the Native Americans made poor slaves. They ended up killing many of the native tribes they encountered. Let me add that the largest prize in South America was Brazil. In this area the Portuguese dominated the native tribes they encountered. No one is making excuses for the actions of the Spaniards, and it is all to easy to look back with hindsight 20-20 vision & view their actions based on current morals. This was a new game of sorts to Spain, and what may have passed as "ok" in the 16th century was no less cruel than the actions of countries in Europe when they were at war with each other. I have returned to this answer as I consider it to be a major edit and have left the "Mark this as a minor edit " blank.
Because the Native Americans weren't immune to the disease that the Spanish gave then. The disease was small pox by the way.
yes the spanish and native americans did get along but no for long because the spanish wanted to make the natives live the spanish life style and if they didnt do it they didn…t live in the town.
Why did epidemic diseases have such a devastating effect on the Native American population in the first years of contact?
Because Native Americans had built no immunity to European diseases like smallpox. European invaders sometimes introduced their diseases purposely to thin Native populations a…nd then concur them. Indians had no immunity to diseases common in Europe and Asia.
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 othe…r 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.
I think they were Taino Indians
Way back in the late 1400's when Columbus mistakingly sailed to Central America(thinking it was Asia), he had sailed with the spanish from Spain and when they got to land and …native Americans who were living there, they mistreated and enslaved them. Since the Spanish were ahead of them in society, had guns, more trained soldiers, and brought European dieases with them, the native Americans were too weakened to fight and defend themselves and their land. Millions of them died. Columbus called them Indians because he thought he was in the indies islands off the coast of East Asia.
The Spanish enslaved the American Indians and treated them like they were nothing more then dirt.
In the long run, explorers did little to help, and more to hurt the Native Americans. Diseases were introduced that led to decimation within Native American culture. They also… led to all Native Americans being pushed from their homelands. Really, all they did in a positive way for them is to trade.