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The Ruthless Ambition of the Conquistadors

Lecture no. 11 from the course: History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration

The Ruthless Ambition of the Conquistadors

Taught by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Consider the most brutal of explorers, the conquistadors—Spanish military entrepreneurs including Cortés, Pizarro, and de Soto, who were not directly controlled by the monarchy, but royally sanctioned to seize wealth and lands in the New World. How did they topple civilizations using only a handful of men? What impact did they have on native societies? Find out here.


January 2, 2017