Section 1: Spain’s Empire in the Americas. Throughout the 1500s and 1600s, the Spanish conquer Central and portions of North America. Spain’s Empire in the Americas The Spanish Claim a New Empire. Cortés Subdues the Aztec • Conquistadors (conquerors)—Spanish explorers, seek gold, silver
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Throughout the 1500s and 1600s, the Spanish conquer Central and portions of North America
Cortes conquered the Aztec nation of 5 million with less than 1000 soldiers
- negotiates for land with Narragansett tribe