The Fall of the Aztec and the Inca Empires.

November 15: Francisco Pizarro.

November 15: Francisco Pizarro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Living in the Southwestern United States makes you think about the Spanish Conquest of the Americas.

Cortes conquered Mexico next door.  Francisco Pizarro brought down the great Inca Empire.

The common element in the Conquistadors seems to be poor men, who were warriors.  Warfare in Spain was endemic.  For Seven Centuries, Christians were fighting Moors.  Then in 1492, the Moors were driven out.

I was watching Mankind The Story of All of Us on History Channel.  The show discussed Christopher Columbus approaching Ferdinand and Isabella.  “Well, ya’ll have just defeated those nasty Moors.  Those Infidel Turks cut off Constantinople.  I have a theory I can sail West to Asia, get its riches with a shorter route and beat out those blasted Portuguese.”  He turned to Isabella.  “You can have all the jewels you want.”

Ferdinand wants to know the cost.  Isabella’s look could kill at thirty feet.

The short story is Columbus finds the Americas.

One of my favorite series is Monty Python’s Terry Jones series about the Crusades.  Pope Urban by calling for the Crusades was giving these insane Norman knights something to do.  “Y’all wanna kill someone, kill infidels.”  (OK, he spoke Latin, not Southern United States, but I am silly and roll that that way). 🙂

What does this have to do with Conquistadors?  Same idea.  No more Moors, these Hidalgos need something to do.

The two conquests were similar.  Native American allies who hated the rulers, smelly Conquistadors, and powerful empires brought down by a few hundred men.



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I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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