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  • The Settlement of San Felipe (or Santa Elena)
  • During the year of 1566, Spanish conquistadors came across the abandoned Charlesfort, where they made San Felipe. They came searching for gold originally.
  • *Conquistadors were Spanish soldiers who came to the New World searching for gold.
  • Conquistadors*, this is the abandoned Charlesfort of France which we now claim for the country of Spain! 
  • When the conquistadors found no traces of gold, they developed enconmiendas* which could still get them wealth from a different source.
  • *Enconmiendas were Spanish plantations where they made money from the crops instead of gold. It was also their source of food.
  • Sir, the crops are not fairing as well as we hoped they would.
  • Hmmm...
  • It was then that the Spanish had the idea of requesting that the natives share their food with them, and if they didn't agree, then they would use more forceful strategies.
  • What's the catch?
  • Chief, our food source is not providing our colony with suitable crops this season due to the infertile soil.
  • Could our settlements maybe share the food this winter until we can get back on our feet?
  • More then a few years later, the Native Americans realized that the Spanish were now just taking advantage of the food the natives shared with them. The natives realized the Spanish relied on them too much.
  • Attack!!
  • Maybe we could come back later to try to form another settlement again.
  • Following repeated attacks, the natives eventually burned down the Spanish settlement. This caused the Spanish to want to abandon the colony, which they soon did, about ten years after it was established.
  • So now that they've burned San Felipe down and killed most of our men, should we abandon the area? You make the call.
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