cause and effect by austin (satan) 2A

part 1


1. Constantinople was taken over by the Ottoman Turks who had been at war with the Spanish for what seemed like forever. When the Turks captured the Capital and renamed it Istanbul, they were able to cut off access to the “Silk Roads”. “The Silk Roads” were an international trade route established as a collective trading union by various countries including: Eurasia, China, Spain, Europe, Rome, and many various smaller countries. The “Silk Roads” weren’t actual roads, more small trading posts, which are thought to have been set up by Alexander the Great who conquered much of the land running the “Silk Roads”. These “Silk Roads” where used for trading everything from spice to technology. The famous Chinese silk was also traded which is thought to be why the name “Silk Roads” was introduced.

2. The Spanish people had been suppressed by the Muslim congregation for years. Spain was a very rich country but due to the constant oppression of the Muslim people the Spanish budget was spent largely on the army and weapons manufacture. In 1492 the Spanish took back Spain from the Muslims in what was recognized as the Reconquista of Spain. After the Spanish took back their land they no longer had to spend their money on military forces, then along came Columbus. Columbus claimed he knew of a short cut to get to the spice islands of India. Spice was important to the Spanish and far more worth its weight in gold, this appealed the Spanish greatly and they just so happened to have all this extra cash laying around due to the Reconquista. They accepted Columbus’s offer to sail “west” and gave him three ships: The Pinta, the Nina, and the Santa Maria. This partially lead to the discovery of the Americas

3. The Europeans, the Spanish, everybody was obsessed with spice. Spice was used in cooking (obviously), it was used to season meat, dust cakes, and add flavor to the dull, mundanity of food in general. At the time, there was only one place that spice could be gotten, the east indies. the Indian islands, they were small bodies of land surrounded in water off the coast of south east Asia. These Islands had fertile land and the perfect conditions to culture and maintain spices. The spices that were sold and used, in Europe and Spain at the time, included cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric. Spice was so valuable to kings, queens, and nobles, it became worth more than its weight in gold. One single pound of spice was worth 7 full grown oxen, equivalent to about 1800 dollars.


1. The discovery of the new world… yeah it happened. And believe me Europe, while yes feeling quite accomplished in the discovery of this mass of “wealth”, definitely felt the effects some of which negative. When more money than goods are being introduced the prices of said goods rises exponentially. This was a negative effect after the Europeans decided probably in a drunken temper “I know what we should do… dudes… we should totally ruin our mother country by giving it more money than it needs”. It’s not really their fault though, had their parents taught them the great evil riches bring they might have cast it into the sea. Beside that off roader the country in turn was brought into a “Filthy Rich” downward spiral.

2. See Europe loved overcharging citizens with huge tax on crops, land ownership, and all the necessities in life that humans can’t really do without. With the discovery of the new world came the discovery of a lot of land. What I’m getting at here is economic collapse with gold pouring in and new lands being found every day, Europe is becoming a super power. In fact the only difference between Europe and Clark Kent is his well carved abs; it’s kinda like the difference between going completely monotone fact droning and creating well thought out metaphors that are mostly off topic, but funny; like when you have a run on sentence and decide to string needless words together with semicolons because you heard act like periods but help you continue long trains of thought… Economic collapse is a very real thing, as a country dangerous because it leaves you weak, like a lost puppy without a nose. That is what happened to Europe as a result of discovering the new world.

3. Now the “indies” as Columbus would tell you, were not as promising as he quite prescribed. On the other hand, the islands were fertile; and the “Indians” they were team players, thoroughly alright and descent fellows. And for all of their purity and kindness they got to work in sugar cane plantations in the blazing island heat for the rest of their lives. In my personal opinion, it was quite unnecessary to bind the natives to the land day and night (not quite 24-hour work days), but I mean who am I to judge economics are hard. Needless to say “Let them eat cake!” or was that the French… well I’m sure they would have been a lot happier eating cake. So the Europeans became entirely addicted to sugar, imagine you have these beautiful, young, prosperous Europeans (without much sense of personal hygiene) running the streets dealing bags of sugar. Well yes while it was an economy boost for poor (superpower) Europe, the sugar had health effects that were slightly less than desirable; some of which being tooth loss, jaw rot, and the famous tooth ache that we hear so much about in the 21st century. And to think I never would have mentioned tooth aches if not for my mass of sugar intake… we never change

part 2


1. in 1588 the spanish nation sent a fleet of 130 militarized ships over in the aspiration of conquering the british empire, they were known as the spanish armada

2. the spanish had a brialliant system of trade, the "triangle trade". it was a shipping route that sailors took to bring goods from the other countries including south and north america, africa, and spain. this triangle trade routw made it easay for british sea dogs to hijack the spanish ships. this would eventually prove to be very problematic.

3. the british sea dogs were a constant threat to the spanish wealth. the british had smaller, faster ships that they used to hijack the spanish ships. this went on for years, sir francis drake was a british employed privateer. in all basicness sir francis of the sea was a glorified pirate, employed for the soul purpose of destroying spanish ships and stealing their wealth.

part 3


1. a few spanish brothers, a hundred soldiers, and one united goal. how did the the spanish wwiped out an entire nation without the loss of a single man

2.the incas were stuck in the stone age. the spanish were living in the bronze age, so they though they had the best steel swords, they had the medieval tanks, horses, they had guns that shot steel shards and fire. With these varying weapons the incas went own relatively easy, especially considering they never lost a spanish man

3. the spanish had a geographic advantage because their home land stretched over a west/east axis. this allowed for easier travel through relatively consistent environments. easy travel meant ideas from other foreign countries spread easily and through the silk roads the spanish acquired ideas faster than anybody. also vendors on the silk roads sold their ideas and because of spain was a very rich country there were able to purchase things like new guns, better cannons, and quality steel weaponry.'


1. thousands of inca soldiers, men, women, and children died. this was largely attributed to the disease that spread rapidly through the camps, but the spanish also went into camps and villages burning and pillaging. they had weapons that could easily slice through the incas undeveloped armor.

2. in the beginning of their splendid little crusade, they captured the leader of the inca army, he ordered his inca tribe to melt down all their gold and silver, precious metals and give them to the spanish. this made the spanish very rich. the wealth has taken back to spain and part of it given to the king and queen, this was all part of making the "mother" country very rich.

3. as a result of the spaniards crusade they conquered thousands of acres, this went to the colonization in the northern in what is now peru. the spanish occupied it as viceroyalty. this allowed hundreds of spanish to populate the land where the incas once lived in peace. country richer, land colonized, people slain, blood spilled, overall pretty successful in the spanish way of thinking.

paragraph 1 on first cause and effect

Constantinople and the ottoman turks fought and were at war which seemed like forever and the spanish had been suppressed by the muslum congregation. everyone at this time had been obsessed with spice.

paragraph 2 on second cause and effect

spanish nation sent 130 militarized ships to conquer Britain.the spanish had a brialliant system of trade, the "triangle trade". it was a shipping route that sailors took to bring goods from the other countries including south and north america, africa, and spain.

paragraph 3 on third cause and effect

the spanish wiped out a whole civilization without losing a soldier. while the incas were stuck in the stone age the spanish were in the bronze age with metal and better armor and guns.

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austin shelton


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