Interested in exploring the world, not just in god: curiosity and interest. Tales of marco polo. Prince henry the navigator (1394- 1460) 1415: captured the muslim port ceuta, would take them further down the coast of. 1492, set sail and reached bahamas, called inhabitants indians: admired for simple lifestyle (natives) Genocidal: country represented greed, lost control of colonizes people. Spain, enterprise of the indies . 1550: entire indigenous population wiped out. Moctezuma hesitated to kill the spaniards because: El dorado: diseases like smallpox, the conquered peoples collaborated. 1521, cortes took montezuma captive. Inca empire, 1530: collaboration with spaniards- surrounding natives. 1533, captured cuzco: found silver mines in potosi would change economic situation for spain completely, abuse of natives. Natives described as: barbarian, humanlike - not quite human, natural slaves, behavior angered dominicans who came to convert natives. Bartolome de las casas (1474- 1566) Described the natives: as children with the right discipline they would convert and see the righteous ways.