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The Spanish Empire comprised the territories and colonies administered by the Spanish Crown in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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Castilian troops arriving on Mexico

The Spanish Empire's origins came from the Castilian Empire, who were one of the most successful colonial powers in the Americas. Castile, similar to nations such as England and Portugal, began to colonize to Americas during the Age of Discovery

Castile were able to secure a number of key colonies which made up modern-day Latin America. This included Florida, Cuba,[1] Trinidad,[2] Puerto Rico,[3] Peru,[4] and Mexico.[5]

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An overview of the Havana skyline

By the 1700s the Kingdom of Spain was formed. It held the key island of Cuba, which housed the largest city and port on the Caribbean - Havana. Havana was a popular spot to lay anchor for pirates such as Edward Kenway and was the heart of Spanish trade in the Caribbean.

In 1707 Laureano de Torres y Ayala, Grand Master of the Caribbean Templars, became governor of Cuba. He orchestrated Templar operations in the Caribbean from his mansion in Havana.

During this period, the Caribbean saw a huge wave of piracy which led to the period being labelled as the "Golden Age of Piracy". Piracy had a sizable impact on the Spanish economy as a result of pirate attacks on profitable sugar plantations such as Wellington

Along with the Golden Age of Piracy, Spain faced all-out war with the British. This was due to the disputed Spanish throne which was to pass into French hands, to the dismay of the rest of Europe. The British used their superior naval position to secure land in the Americas and the Caribbean.

In 1762, the British and Spanish navies fought in Havana Harbor. The British laid siege to Havana for two months before finally capturing it.[1]


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