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The most responsible students of the Aztec today seem to have settled on a figure in the neighborhood of 200,000, counting outlying suburbs. Preconquest Tenochtitlán was far larger than any city in Europe. das, the legal right to force the Indians who lived on their land to work for them. They were not slaves—enslaving Indians was forbidden—but, in practice, the distinction was fine. Only one conquistador was as fortunate as Cortés. In 1531, an aging illiterate, Francisco Pizarro, led 168 soldiers and 62 horses high into the Andes mountains of South America.

It spread at terrifying speed throughout the world, following the trade routes. What better agents for spreading a sexually transmitted disease than seamen and the prostitutes who were their usual sexual partners? Europeans, Africans, and Asians reacted to syphillis as Indians reacted to diseases previously unknown to them. Symptoms were severe and death came quickly. About 10 million people died of syphillis within fifteen years of Columbus’s voyage. Only later did the disease take on the slower-acting form in which it is known today.

The traditional submissiveness of the common people made it possible for the Spanish to rule with minimal resistance. Mexicans took quickly to the wheel, pulley, iron tools, and beasts of burden. Within fifty years, most had embraced the Roman Catholic religion while not abandoning all traditional practices. The Conquistadores The Discoverer of the United States The discoverer of what is now the United States was Juan Ponce de León. In 1513, aged 53, ancient for such gallivanting, Ponce sailed to Florida to find Bimini where, Indians said, there was “a particular spring which restores old men to youth”—the fountain of youth.

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