5 Los ConquistadoresThe Europeans first came to the “new world” of what we call the Americas in the 1500’s. The early explorers, called the Conquistadors, came from Spain. Led by Hernando Cortez, their goal was to claim the land for Spain and the Holy Church. In 1519, Cortez led his party into the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, and took the power of the Aztec empire from its ruler, Moctezuma (called Montezuma in some history books).
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