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hernando cortez

was eager to win riches and glory

moctezuma

the aztec emperor who ruled over much of mexico

francisco pizaro

bold conquistador, set his sights on the incan empire

juan ponce de leon

traveled through parts of florida in 1503 looking for the fountain of youth

bartolome de las casas

harsh condishions led him to seek reform

conquistador

conquerors who marched into the americas in the 1500s

pueblo

towns,were centers of farming and trade

presidio

forts where soldiers lived

mission

religious settlements run by catholic priests and friars

peninsulare

person from spain who held a positon of power in a spanish colony

creole

people born in the americas to spanish parents

mestizo

people mixed of spanish and indian

encomienda

land grants that included the right to demand labor or taxes from native americans

plantation

large estate farmed by many workers

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