The application of science, especially new technology, to the means of production, communication, and coercion, gave Europe a penetrative capacity far in excess of anything available to merchant venturers and conquistadors .
There is a beautiful filmed reconstruction of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, one of the biggest and most magnificent cities in the world before the Spanish conquistadors tore it down to build Mexico City.
In order to encourage social acceptance of such unions, Anglos claimed that elite Mexican women were the racially pure descendants of the Spanish conquistadores .
Yet, as with the army, the government had the greatest difficulty in controlling would-be conquistadores .
We know more about the Incas than their Andean predecessors because of their fateful contact with the Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century.
The Spaniards knew that they could not take on the whole Aztec Empire since they were so many compared to the number of conquistadors .
Their effectiveness, however, was limited by the opposition of the conquistadores .
Yet wine is an inescapable part of the landscape too, ever since the Spanish conquistadores started planting their first vines in the 16th century.
But during the 1520s Spanish conquistadors , fresh from the conquest of Mexico, invaded the land of the Pipil.
Controlling an empire that included modern Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and parts of Chile and Argentina, the conquistadores fell to fighting among themselves.