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How did the Spanish build an empire?

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How did the Spanish build an empire? After the discovery of the Americas, Spanish adventurers set out to seek their fortunes. They sent expeditions to South and Central America and to Mexico in search of gold and treasure. In Mexico, a group of Spanish soldiers attacked the capital of the Aztec Empire.

The Aztecs had been expecting the god Quetzalcoatl to return to the Earth and believed that the leader of the raiders, Cortes, was this god.

The Aztecs offered little resistance, so Cortes captured Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, and ruled in his place.

In Peru, the adventurer Pizarro took advantage of a civil war to conquer the Incas, murdering their rulers. The Incas' primitive weapons were no match for the Spanish guns. Pizarro's men were able to loot gold and other treasures from both these rich regions with little resistance.


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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 04 January '12


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