“Throughout all that country, wherever it is mountainous, we saw many signs of gold, antimony, iron, copper and other metals. Where


“Throughout all that country, wherever it is mountainous, we saw many signs of gold,
antimony, iron, copper and other metals. Where the permanent houses are it is so
hot that even in January the air is very warm . The Indians who live in permanent
houses and those in the rear of them pay no attention to gold nor silver, nor have
they any use for either of these metals.” – The Journey of Nunez Cabeza de Vaca,
1527-1537 Exploration in Southwest California & Mexico
Reports such as Cabeza de Vaca’s prompted the European powers to
1) cancel future voyages to explore lands of the Western hemisphere
2) neglect further inquiries about Spanish discoveries and pursuits in America
3) see the discovered American lands as a source of potential wealth
4) prioritize the spread of Christianity over exploitation of native materials


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