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Pedro de Valdivia left, from Cuzco, with orders to settle the southern extreme of what would become the massive Spanish overseas empire. The city of Santiago was founded in 1540, and later, the city of Concepción— established as a frontier post designed to protect the rich, fertile Chilean central valley from hostile Araucanian Indians. The Araucanians never accepted Spanish dominance; rather, they fought tirelessly against Spanish incursions into their territories and are known to this day for their struggle to maintain an independent, distinct culture separate from Spanish rule and authority.

The flota constituted at least fifty ships, some of which were provided exclusively for the defense of the cargo. Normally, the ships from Spain (carrying weapons, European manufactured goods, slaves, books, and other luxury items from Europe unavailable in the Americas) would arrive to the island of Dominica, and from there the ships would divide into four separate paths. One set of ships would head to San Juan, the other to Santo Domingo; another group of ships would go to Santiago de Cuba and then on to Veracruz, while the final portion of the flotilla would head to Cartagena, then Portobelo.

Com/sanpedroclaver/ (our translation from the Spanish). BIBLIOGRAPHY Conrad, Robert E. 1994. Children of God’s Fire. University Park: Penn State Press. Wade, Peter. 1993. Blackness and Race Mixture: The Dynamics of Racial Identity in Colombia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 50 51 5E The Spanish Flotilla M uch of the mineral wealth found in the Americas made its way back to Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Silver from South America (Peru) moved up the west coast and crossed over Panama to Portobelo, where it was reloaded onto ships and moved out through the Caribbean to Spain.

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