Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs
The Renaissance sparked a new age of science and discovery and man sought to understand the world they lived in. Trade with China was a primary moving force in this matter and the kings and queens of Spain, Portugal, France, and England sought to find the quickest route to China and own the lucrative trade that would result from being the first to discover it. Christopher Columbus was certain that the world was round and convinced the Queen of Spain to let him search for a western passage to China. Instead he discovered the New World though he thought he landed in India and even called the inhabitants Indians. Amerigo Vespucci explored this world and discovered that it was not India but a new world. Map makers named the new world after him, America. The Spanish Conquest of the Americas will begin in the name of spreading Christianity and the discovery of gold to enrich the Spanish Empire. A European competition will ensue to populate and control America for their respective crowns. This is where the story of America begins!