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Old July 12th, 2018, 04:28 PM   #1

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Conquistadore and Native Cloth Armor


I'm curious how the cloth armor of the Spaniards and other Europeans compared to that worn by the various native nations. I've heard that many conquistadores discarded their steel armor in favor of cloth or leather due to being unnecessary when fighting against natives.
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Old July 13th, 2018, 01:21 AM   #2

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In Onate's battle at the 'War of the Rock' the native arrows didn't penetrate the padded armour and just left annoying pricks on the skin. The steel was very handy though! I would imagine there were some other campaigns it was madness to carry heavy steel armour. Jungles and the like
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