Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World


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Who did Hernan Cortes conquer?

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1. Who did Francisco Pizarro conquer?

2. If you were a conquistador when Spain enacted the encomienda system, what was your intended purpose?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When the conquistadors came to the New World, they brought new ideas, new religion, and new diseases that affected the native peoples. Practice questions will assess your understanding of the historical changes brought by these men and by the Encomienda System enacted by the Spanish goverment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you will be tested on your knowledge of:

  • Hernan Cortes
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Conquered lands
  • Definitions of
    • The Encomienda System
    • Conquistador

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Spanish expansionism in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Encomienda System
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Pizarro, Cortes and other conquistadors

Additional Learning

For more information about the influence of Spain on the New World, review the lesson called Conquistadors and the Ecomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World. This lesson covers:

  • The background of the conquistadors
  • Hernan Cortes
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • The Encomienda System
  • Other conquistadors
  • Spanish Reconquista