Conquistadors

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Conquistadors are ones who conquer. During the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, conquistadors conquered many areas of the world such as Europe, Asia, and the Americas. They were primarily set out to conquer from Spain, there were many from Portugal as well. The conquistadors were men who were soldiers, explorers and adventurers. They were well trained and well equipped with fire arms and weaponry. In order to conquer an area these conquistadors must be prepared to battle with the people of the area they are trying to conquer. Because the conquistadors were more civilized with their military background, weaponry, and use of tools then the natives of the lands, they had an advantage over them, which made it easy for them to take control of their land.

The conquistadors main reason for their expeditions would not only be to find new land but top also find gold, prestige among other countries, new trading opportunities, power, spreading the Catholic religion, and to increase the Spanish empire. The conquistadors did not see the natives as their equals; in fact they saw them as beneath them and as savages and heathens. Many times after they would conquer an area they would make the natives their slaves, this would be a sign that they were trying to gain power over them. Not only forcing natives into slavery they would force their beliefs on them. Since the natives were not familiar with firearms, this made in incredibly easy for the Spanish conquistadors to have the upper hand and to be able to have the control they wanted. One of the most well-known conquistadors throughout time is Hernando Cortes. From Medellin, Spain, Cortes started off as a soldier for Spain and then became an explorer and a conquistador. He was known for using deadly forces against the natives that inhabited the lands he would conquer. He conquered countries such as Mexico and Cuba. Through his conquest over Mexico he came into contact with the Aztec empire. Because of his want for power...
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