Conquistadores: Spanish Conquests of South & Central America


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Why were the Conquistadors attracted to the New World?

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1. Why weren't Balboa and Cortes considered heroes after they made Spain wealthy in Central and South America?

2. How was Pizarro able to conquer the Incas?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the conquistadores in South and Central America and the areas they conquered.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on the following:

  • Definition of a conquistador
  • Conquests of Incan Peru and the Aztecs of Mexico
  • Colonization of Guatemala
  • Conquistador who claimed the Pacific Ocean for Spain

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the conquistadores
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the areas specific conquistadores conquered
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related European history lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Conquistadores: Spanish Conquests of South & Central America. This lesson covers the following conquistadores:

  • Vasco Núñez de Balboa
  • Hernando Cortés
  • Pedro de Alvarado
  • Francisco Pizarro