European Colonization of the Americas (1492-1752). Chapter 2. Spanish Explorers and Colonies. Section 1. Objectives. Explain how the Spanish built an empire in the Americas. Discuss why the Spanish pushed for settlement in regions of North America.
The Spanish controlled many areas in the New World which were inhabited by hostile Natives including areas of Florida, New Mexico, and California.
To protect their outposts and colonies, the Spanish built presidios or forts to launch attacks and dispatch missionaries.
The Spanish mission system also established congregaciones in which natives would farm, live and worship like CatholicEuropeans