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Horrible stories of how the Spanish conquistadors treated the Native American women are prominent in our history books. Their lives had little value. Women were forced into prostitution, gambled away during card games, and traded away for things of little value. If the attempted to resist they were whipped or even burned at the stake. Unfortunately, their children had very little chance of survival, and sometimes the mothers killed them at birth so that they could avoid the agony. The passing of laws did little to stop the on going atrocities that were afflicted against them. In fact, most penalties were ridiculous. Once, a Nicaraguan woman was burned to death by a Spaniard soldier who had tried to rape her. The Spanish governor issued a fine of 5 pesos.