explain how very small contingents ofSpaniards managed to acquire an enormous American empire by overcoming twoaffluent, large, well administered, and heavily militarized states inMesoamerica and South America?
1) first of all the 'well-administered states' were already declining and had already reached their peak before Christian Europeans arrived
2) Spanish had more advanced weapons and were cunning in their use of diplomacy to obtain an advantage. Native Americans had myths about Quetzlcoatl (look this up).
3) Spain had to send over many settlers before they were able to conquer the Americas - this didn't happen overnight.
4) Disease also wiped out many people and created confusion and panic.
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