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Text: Historical Figures of the Movement West
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Image of Queen Isabella, Ferdinand, Columbus, Cortes, Pizarro, Moctezuma, Father Serra by George Stuart.
From collections of the Museum of Ventura County, and the artist.

Indigenous Cultures were Eradicated by the Fevered European Desire for Vast Wealth.

From the news of Columbus’ first discovery, Europeans commenced a frantic onslaught on the American Continent in search of gold and natural resources. All of the newfound wealth brought only devastation the native people and constant conflict among competing Western powers. The end result was mixed at best. When Christopher Columbus was financed by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, they expected gold and coversos. The devastation of the Caribe and Awawak tribes demonstrated that gold was rare and most Indians died of European plagues before they were converted to the true Church. The conquistadors, Hernan Cortes and that Francisco Pizarro were luckier at finding gold, but extended the spread of diseases from the Aztec nation of Moctezuma II to the Peruvian Indians of Inca Atahualpa. The Church was well-represented by the compassionate de las Casas and explorers Fathers Eusebio Kino and Junipero Serra. In a hundred years, the United States acquired California from Mexico.

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Thumbnail color image of Arawak Woman, by George Stuart.
Arawak Woman

Thumbnail color image of Caribe Warrior, by George Stuart.
Caribe Warrior

Thumbnail color image of Columbus aka. Cristoforo Colombo, by George Stuart.
Columbus

Thumbnail color image of Guacanagari  Cacique aka. Guacanagaríx, by George Stuart.
Guacanagari Cacique

Thumbnail color image of King Ferdinand 1492 aka.
King Ferdinand 1492

Thumbnail color image of Maya Prince v.1, by George Stuart.
Maya Prince v.1

Thumbnail color image of Queen Isabella 1492 aka.
Queen Isabella 1492

Thumbnail color image of Pope Alexander VI 1492 aka. Roderic Llançol, by George Stuart.
Pope Alexander VI 1492

Thumbnail color image of Bartolomeo de las Casas aka. Protector of the Indians, by George Stuart.
Bartolomeo de las Casas

Thumbnail color image of Aztec Leopard Warrior V.1 aka. pīpilti military class, by George Stuart.
Aztec Leopard Warrior V.1

Thumbnail color image of Aztec Leopard Warrior V.2, by George Stuart.
Aztec Leopard Warrior V.2

Thumbnail color image of Hérnan Cortés aka. Conqueror of Mexico, by George Stuart.
Hérnan Cortés

Thumbnail color image of Moctezuma II v.2 aka. Montezuma, by George Stuart.
Moctezuma II v.2

Thumbnail color image of Malinche aka.  Doña Marina, by George Stuart.
Malinche

Thumbnail color image of Atahualpa aka. Lord Inca, by George Stuart.
Atahualpa

Thumbnail color image of Francisco Pizzaro aka. Conqueror of Peru, by George Stuart.
Francisco Pizzaro

Thumbnail color image of Father Eusebio Kino aka.
Father Eusebio Kino

Thumbnail color image of Fr. Junipero Serra 1767 aka. Fra Juníper Serra , by George Stuart.
Fr. Junipero Serra 1767

Thumbnail color image of Fr. Junipero Serra 1782 aka. Fra Juníper Serra , by George Stuart.
Fr. Junipero Serra 1782

Thumbnail color image of Alexander MacKenzie aka. Alasdair MacCoinnich, by George Stuart.
Alexander MacKenzie

Thumbnail color image of American Mountain Man, by George Stuart.
American Mountain Man

Thumbnail color image of Jedediah Smith aka. Jedediah Strong Smith, by George Stuart.
Jedediah Smith

Thumbnail color image of Kit Carson aka. Christopher Houston
Kit Carson

Thumbnail color image of Nancy Kelsey aka. Nancy Roberts Kelsey, by George Stuart.
Nancy Kelsey

Thumbnail color image of Jessie Fremont aka. Jessie Ann Benton Frémont, by George Stuart.
Jessie Fremont

Thumbnail color image of John Fremont aka. United States Senator, by George Stuart.
John Fremont

Thumbnail color image of Comanche Warrior, by George Stuart.
Comanche Warrior

Thumbnail color image of Chumash Family, by George Stuart.
Chumash Family

Thumbnail color image of Fox Dog Soldier, by George Stuart.
Fox Dog Soldier

Thumbnail color image of Mounted Lakota Warrior, by George Stuart.
Mounted Lakota Warrior

Thumbnail color image of Crow Sharpshooter, by George Stuart.
Crow Sharpshooter

Thumbnail color image of Sioux Warrior, by George Stuart.
Sioux Warrior

Thumbnail color image of Sioux Scout, by George Stuart.
Sioux Scout

Thumbnail color image of Sioux Chief, by George Stuart.
Sioux Chief










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