Imagine setting out on a trip to a place where nobody you know has ever been. You don’t have a map. You don’t have a smartphone or the Internet. You don’t even know for sure that there is land where you’re headed.
There could be unknown dangers waiting for you. What could make you set out into the unknown with no way to be sure you would make it back? By 1530, the king of Spain already ruled over a large area of the Americas. That included what is now Mexico. But the Spanish wanted to explore the area to the north and lay claim to more land. Let’s look at some of the reasons why.