Spanish Conquistador

Spanish Conquistadors have been told to go and find new lands and conquer them in the name of the Spanish Crown and God.

This is Juan de Onate. He was a Spanish Conquistador that founded the colony of New Mexico and became its first governor

A Spanish Conquistador's was a professional warrior that used European strategies and tools. Their main job was to go out and find new lands for the Spanish Crown. There were many things that the Conquistadors were promised if they accomplish what they were sent out to do. Some of the rewards included power, increased trading opportunities, and wealth.

The photos above show the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. He was one of the first Spanish explorers to travel to the New World and was one of four survivors of the 1527 Narváez expedition. This expedition was set to try and colonize Spanish Florida but the explorers ended up crossing the present-day South and North of Mexico. The four explorers that survived were the first Europeans to see Texas, the Mississippi River, and cross the Gulf of Mexico. The original crew had about six-hundred members, including men from Spain, Italy, and Portugal. As they were making stops along the way to Florida at Cuba and Hispaniola, they ran into a hurricane and when landing near present-day Tampa Bay, they were attacked by American Indians. This attack caused a severe lack of food and a rapid spread of disease. In late 1528, only eighty men survived after the ship was swept onto Galveston Island, Texas. Over the next few years, more men died until there were only 4 men left.