Atlas Map: Spanish American to 1610

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The Spanish were the first European power to establish a colonial empire in the New World, with missions and settlements extending north into the American Southwest and south into present-day Chile In the process, Spain subdued two major Native American empires, the Aztec and the Inca, and outflanked their European rival, Portugal. Over how many degress of latitude did the Spanish Empire in the Americas extend? What problems might the Spanish have experienced in governing such diverse and expansive lands?

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