Advantages of Spain in the New World
The advantages of Spain in the New World were many, two of which we will notice. In the tropical regions of Mexico, South America, and the West Indies, the Indians lived in a warm climate, supported themselves by a rude tillage of the soil, and could be easily enslaved. In this respect Spain had a decided advantage over the nations colonizing in the North, where the Indians had been made hardy and brave by exposure to rougher climate and almost continuous inter-tribal warfare. These Indians were dangerous enemies to the white settlers. And surpassing all other advantages was the possession of the Gulf of Mexico and the mouth of the Mississippi River.