Spanish colonization of the Americas  

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The Spanish colonization of the Americas was the exploration, conquest, settlement and political rule over much of the western hemisphere. It was initiated by the Spanish conquistadors and developed by the Monarchy of Spain through its administrators and missionaries with a heavy reliance on auxiliaries, for the real needs of wealth and trade and perceived need of indigenous conversions, that existed for a period of over four hundred years.

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