This essay presents 8 documents that show the motives of Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Hernan Cortez, Francisco Pizarro, Catholic Friars, and mercantilists. The task for students is to analyze and write an essay explaining whether gaining wealth or spreading Christianity was the primary motive for the explorers, conquistadors, and colonizers - so it presents a great opportunity for DBQ practice as well as making a claim and counterclaim essay. Most documents mention both Christianity and also wealth as motives, so students need to decide which was more important.
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