The story so far:
After Columbus sailed to the Carribean Islands, he claimed the islands for Spain. Although Comumbus himself was from Italy, he was not allowed to claim them for Italy. The islands never became Italian territory. The Pope had warned Columbus not to get Italy involved, because the headquarters of the Catholic church was in Italy, and the Pope didn't want people to know that the Catholic church was controlling the expeditions. Columbus made several expeditions to the new world, and each time he went, some of the Spanish sailors stayed behind.
After several years, ships with Catholic priests began to arrive in the Carribean. One Catholic priest came there, and when he arrived, he found men from Spain who were living on the islands. He found one man, a Spaniard, who spent his time eating tropical fruit and having sex with the women who were members of native tribes. The priest scolded him, and pointed to a woman. He said, "If you have sex with a woman like this, you've got to get married to her!" The Spaniard was embarrased, because the priest had caught him in bed with a native woman, so he said, "Yes, Holy Father, or course. I will marry her!"
The Catholic priest said that after he got married to the woman, it wouldn't be long before she got pregnant and had children. The priest said, "When she has children, you've got to raise the children to speak Spanish! The children have got to speak the Spanish language, they should not speak their tribal language! And you've got to raise the children to be Catholics!" The Spaniard said, "Yes, Holy Father!" So, everywhere the Spanish Conquistadors went, they married native women, and when they had children, their children were raised to speak the Spanish language, and they were converted to Catholicism. In many areas, the tribal languages disappeared quickly. Tribal languages that had been spoken for centuries were replaced by Spanish in only a few decades. The people built Catholic churches all over the land. Catholic churches were built in Mexico, Cuba, and Brazil, and there were never a Lutheran Church or a Protestant chruch built anywhere. The Catholics had a spiritual monopoly.