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Conquistadors

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Conquistadors
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.92

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    captain-general, Hernan, montezuma, riches, massacre, civil, arrival, smallpox, spelled, snow-covered, civilization, prisoner, historian, emperor, suffering, unknown
     content words:    New World, Hernan Cortes, Chief Magistrate, Francisco Pizarro, Pacific Coast, South America, Other Inca, Native Americans, Native American

Other Languages
     Spanish: Los Conquistadores


Conquistadors
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Spain was one of the world superpowers of the 1500s. Spain sent many conquistadors to the New World. Conquistadors ( conquerors) were soldiers from Spain who explored, conquered, and settled in the New World. They came looking for gold, silver, land, and glory. They brought cannons aboard their ships. Their weapons were made of iron and included crossbows, swords, and spears, and they had iron armor.
 
2     One historian who wrote about the Spanish explorers in the New World used these words to describe them: bravery, cruelty, endurance, greed, and suffering. Could all of these words really describe the same group of people? Read about two of the Spanish conquistadors and decide for yourself.
 
3     Hernan Cortes had been Chief Magistrate of Santiago, Cuba. In 1518, he was appointed "captain-general" of an expedition to search for gold and other riches in Mexico. To do that, he set out to fight the Aztec civilization that was led by Moctezuma (also spelled "Montezuma").

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