Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 2

In part 2 of series, Cortés forges an alliance with a discontented people, and establishes the first European settlement in New Spain - Vera Cruz. Also, he encounters the first emissaries of the Aztec Empire, who offer the Spanish a large bribe to leave their lands. Instead, Cortés becomes determined to travel to the heart of … Continue reading Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 2

Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico

In part one of our series, Hernán Cortés organizes and leads an army to Mexico to seek out the rich lands to the west. He does all of this despite a confrontation with the governor of Cuba, Diego Velázquez. In Mexico, the Spanish will find something they never imagined - the Aztec Empire. Listen to … Continue reading Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico

Pánfilo de Narváez and the Narváez Expedition

Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez marched into to swamps and forests Florida in 1527 with 300 men. Narváez and his men were in search of gold. Unfortunately, they are in store for a whole lot of misery and death. The Narváez Expedition is notable in that it marked the beginning of the amazing story of Álvar Núñez … Continue reading Pánfilo de Narváez and the Narváez Expedition