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Originally Posted by Karri View Post
...Spain and Portugal were once the most powerful states of Europe so your theory doesn't quite hold water.
They were for the time because they were militaristic and expansionist. They had only recently defeated the Moors and Islamic influence on their countries and were looking to expand.

When they did they took the values they had with them. Those who weren't Spanish (or Portuguese) were to be subjugated. It was fine with them and the Catholic Church if they did so, so long as the Church got to come along for the ride and set up missions and convert the locals... By force if necessary.

The result was colonies that were merely there for exploiting their resources and stripping them of any and all wealth. The idea of nobility and a rigidly class structured society went along with them too.

After centuries of taking gross advantage of the locals, importing slaves when the locals ran out, and expropriating all the wealth back to the mother country, the Spanish and Portuguese colonies were left with nothing for an economy, a mindset that made class warfare and noble obliges perfectly acceptable, and the idea that exploitation of the masses was good.
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