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Spanish settlers enslave the Taíno of Hispaniola
Spain founds Santo Domingo, the first of many towns on the Caribbean island Hispaniola (now the location ...
The Pope asserts rights to colonize, convert, and enslave
Pope Alexander VI issues a papal bull or decree, “Inter Caetera," in which he authorizes Spain and Portugal ...
Cattle carry influenza to the Taíno
On a second voyage to the Caribbean island Hispaniola, the fleet of Christopher Columbus carries domestic ...
El Requierimento: Spain demands subservience
The “Laws of Burgos” are the first legal code regarding Spanish actions in the Americas. They direct ...
Mayans report smallpox spread to Yucatan Peninsula
Mayan writings record that tribal trade expeditions traveling by canoe have spread smallpox to the Yucatan ...
Pope Paul III opposes enslaving Native peoples
Pope Paul III issues a decree, “Sublimus Deus,” opposing the enslavement of indigenous peoples and calling ...