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Weaver text: #1 Conquest and Colony, 1500 to 1700

Where did the Maya empire develop and why did it happen here?

What was Darien, Panama and was this venture successful?

How did the Spaniards approach the indigenous people of the Central America?

What area of Central America did the Spaniards prefer and why?

Is the land area homogeneous or heterogeneous? Has this hindered or enhanced efforts at regional integration?

Who conducted the conquest of Central America? How did the Spanish crown control them? Did they come to colonize?

What was the most important factor in the conquest of Central America? How did this affect the indigenous population?

After the period of looting and slaving, what became the base for providing wealth of Spaniards?

What was an encomiendas? What was the “tribute” system?

What was the Captaincy General of Guatemala and where was it headquartered?

What is “mercantile colonialism” and why did European monarchs turn to it?

Was Central America central to the “tribute empire” established by  the Spanish crown?

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