Nicaragua expeditions

Hernán Cortés: Conquering the Aztecs

Hernán Cortés was a Spanish conquistador who is best known for his expedition to Mexico, where he led the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Cortés began his expedition to Mexico in February 1519, with a force of around 600 men, including soldiers, sailors, and indigenous allies. He landed on the coast of Mexico and began to move inland, where he encountered the Aztec Empire. He was able to make alliances with some of the indigenous peoples he encountered, who were unhappy with Aztec rule, and used them to help him defeat the Aztecs. During his expedition, he passed through the isthmus of Panama, Central America, and El Salvador. He encountered indigenous people in El Salvador and other parts of Central America, but he didn't stay long and he didn't conquer any territories in El Salvador. His goal was to reach Mexico. Cortés arrived in Mexico in November 1519, and quickly began to make inroads against the Aztecs. He was able to capture the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521 and bringing an end to the Aztec Empire. Cortés's expedition was one of the most important events in the history of the Americas, as it marked the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the New World and the end of Aztec civilization.

📅 Duration

From 1519 A.D. to 1521 A.D.

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📍 Route

Hernán Cortés: Conquering the Aztecs expedition route

Gil González Dávila: The Discovery of Costa Rica

Gil González Dávila was a Spanish conquistador who led an expedition to Costa Rica in 1522. He started his expedition in Panama, and passed through the isthmus of Panama, the Central American region, to reach Costa Rica. He was not alone, he was accompanied by a group of Spanish soldiers and indigenous people. He was appointed by Pedrarias Dávila, the Governor of Panama, to explore and conquer the region known as Veragua (which corresponds to the modern-day region of Costa Rica, Panama, and part of Nicaragua). According to the records, he left Panama with a group of around 100 men, including soldiers, sailors, and indigenous allies. He arrived at the coast of Costa Rica, and named the region Costa Rica which means Rich Coast in Spanish, due to the abundance of gold and other precious metals that the indigenous people had. He explored the region, making contact with different indigenous groups, and making a number of settlements along the way. He also discovered Nicoya Peninsula, which is located in the Gulf of Nicoya and is known for its gold mines. González Dávila's expedition was the first Spanish attempt to settle in Costa Rica, but it was not a success. He faced difficulties with the local indigenous groups and the harsh living conditions, and eventually had to abandon the settlements. However, his expedition opened the way for later Spanish conquistadors to explore and eventually conquer the region.

📅 Duration

From 1522 A.D. to ? A.D.

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