- from Exploring the Americas
900L - 1040L
If someone takes something that doesn’t belong to them, what do you think of that person? What if they’re taking something they really, really want—or something an entire country really, really wants?
The European exploration of the Americas presented European nations with an opportunity for great wealth. Spanish explorers called conquistadors (conquerors) led military campaigns throughout the Americas in order to obtain this wealth. As they traveled, they claimed the lands they saw for Spain.