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Org/conquistadors This site tells the story of the Spanish conquest in the Americas. It includes many illustrations, maps, timelines, and other study aids. Books Kramer, Sydelle. Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? Grosset & Dunlap, 2004. Malam, John. Columbus Reaches the Americas. Smart Apple Media, 2003. Stein, R. Conrad. The Conquistadores: Building a Spanish Empire in the Americas. Child’s World, 2004.

Conquistadors such as Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro had found incredible riches in Mexico and South America. However, those who explored parts of the modernday United States did not discover the gold they sought. But their combined adventures gave Europeans a good idea of the breadth of North America. 32 A map shows the route of Coronado's expedition (in red) from Mexico through the American Southwest and beyond. “[This co untry has a] fine ap pearance the like of , which I ha v e n e v er seen anywhere in our Spa in, Italy, o r any part of Fra nce.

They Marcos de Niza, a Spanish priest dispa came upon one of the tched by C oronado to find Cíb ola and rep ort back to most beautiful sites in conquistad the or (this des cription pro v ed false) the natural world. Gazing into the Grand Canyon of Arizona, the conquistadors were disappointed. They could not reach the rushing waters of the Colorado River at the bottom of the giant hole. Coronado and his men eventually wandered as far as central Kansas. They became the first Europeans to see the Great Plains.

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