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Arrival of the Spanish

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  • The governor of Cuba chose Hernán Cortés to lead an expedition to the mainland of South America.
  • Excited, Cortés finally received the opportunity to gain fame and fortune which he and several other conquistadors have come to the West Indies for.
  • In 1519 Cortés set sail along with 11 ships and 530 conquistadors.
  • On board the ship, he took several large fighting dogs and 16 horses.
  • Cortés explained that he also intended to find the strait which separated the 'island' of Yucatán from the 'mainland' in the hope of finding a route to Asia, along with the expedition to South America.
  • Finally, after months of sail, the expedition landed on the eastern coast of Mexico at present-day San Juan de Ulua.
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