Reasons for Spanish Failure

Cont. from previous post… But in spite of these advantages the Spaniards failed, and they failed because their conceptions and aims were wrong. Their greatest desire was for gold and silver, conquest, and adventure. They did not understand that the soil must first be conquered, and that in order to develop agriculture, trade, and commerce, a life of patient toil was necessary. As they wished to get rich without work, the gold and silver which they found made them poor because it took away habits of industry. In North America Spanish colonization was a total failure.

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