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Which of the following describes the main reason the Spanish conquistadors needed Native American slaves?

A. They needed help to find gold and send it back to Spain.

B. The Native American slaves aided them with their tobacco crops.

C. The Spanish wanted to convert the Native Americans to Catholicism.

D. They needed the Native Americans to make the Spanish Armada strong.

I know they converted many to Catholicism, but I honestly think maybe B. is the reason.

Ms. Sue??

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  1. Did the conquistadors farm? What did they do?

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    Ms. Sue
  2. Initially, A is the main reason, especially working in mines. Later, those slaves were turned to agriculture, but tobacco was a minor use.

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    bobpursley
  3. Yes, the conquistadors were looking for gold and silver and empire for the crown. Conversion to Catholicism came much later when priests began arriving in conquered territories. The Church used slaves for agriculture and other forms of manual labor, but tobacco was not a popular crop in South and Central America (or California) or other reaches of the Spanish empire in the Americas. Tobacco was grown more in the English colonies in North America.

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  4. So A for gold??

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  5. It is...Thank you! :-)

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