The desire to explore the unknown has been a driving force in human history since the dawn of time.
From the earliest documented accounts, ancient civilizations have explored the world around them.
Originally intending to find an eastwardly trade route to Asia, Columbus accidently discovered the Americas instead.
When word of this “New World” reached Europe, it virtually started race between the Nations there to claim there own piece of it.
Soon, Hernan Cortez had conquered Mexico and the Aztecs, while Francisco Pizarro conquered Peru and the Incans.
The Spanish armory was far greater then that of the Indians, but these explorers had another weapon far more superior.
During this period, Europe sought new sea routes to Asia in pursuit of economic gain, increased glory, and opportunities to spread Christianity.
Although these were motivations for explorers, the impact from the discoveries resulted in significant changes and achievements that created possibilities and opened a window to a new world for all of Europe.
Spain continued their exploration there and rapidly claimed many resources and lands, but one thing was hindering them.
The native Populations of the New World were getting in their way.