The Conquistadors By Captivating History

  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Release date: 03-04-24

The Conquistadors By Captivating History AudioBook summary

Have you ever heard about the Spaniard Cabeza de Vaca, who survived eight years wandering from Florida to Texas? Find his story and more in this audiobook!

In the early 16th century, Spanish adventurers swarmed over the islands of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Portuguese explorers and merchants pushed into the Indian Ocean and beyond to the Spice Islands of the South Pacific. The names of the leaders of these overseas conquests are well known: Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro, Hernando de Soto, Afonso de Albuquerque, and Ferdinand Magellan. This audiobook explores the details of their incredible lives in service of their monarchs and personal wealth.

Conquistadors set about to acquire gold, land, and monopolies in lucrative trade. In doing so, they systematically destroyed indigenous civilizations wherever they encountered them. This audiobook explores the negative aspects of early European exploration.

When a local population had been pacified, some conquistadors attempted to dispense with competition among their own men. Listen to how one of Francisco Pizarro’s lieutenants rose up against him soon after conquering Peru.

This audiobook presents the conquistadors in a new light. This introductory guide has been created in a neutral tone, presenting the facts as they are.

In this audiobook, you will discover:

  • How the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean was used as a jumping-off point for Spanish expeditions;
  • The details of many failed and few successful Spanish expeditions to settle the lands around the Caribbean;
  • How the Portuguese came to dominate Brazil;
  • Why the Portuguese dominated trade in the East;
  • How Hernán Cortés conquered the Aztecs and defeated his Spanish rival for control of Mexico.


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