The Spanish and French Build Empires in the Americas. Conquistadors were Spanish soldiers who led military expeditions in the Americas. Hernán Cortés led a military expedition to Mexico in 1519. Cortés heard of a wealthy land ruled by a king named Moctezuma II.
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Conquistadors were Spanish soldiers who led military expeditions in the Americas.
"The pattern established at the outset has remained to this day, and the Spaniards still do nothing save tear the natives to shreds, murder them and inflict upon them untold misery, suffering and distress, tormenting, harrying and persecuting them mercilessly." According to Las Casas, atrocities continued unabated in the Americas, even half a century after the discovery.