The Moors were a Muslim ethnic group who originated in North Africa. They were ruling the Iberian Peninsula for over 700 years. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella decided enough was enough, and that they were going to capture the Iberian Peninsula. They decided to unite their two kingdoms (Aragon and Castile) by getting married. Little by little they were taking over land controlled by Moors until the Moors only had one pice of land left called Granada.
The Spanish Reconquista
Now that King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella had full control over the Iberian Peninsula, they wanted to find a way to make all their people feel united. They decided to reinstate the Spanish Inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition was a court that judged all the Muslims and Jews who had converted to Christianity.
The Spanish Inquisition
The desire for exploration was for a way to colonize other places and to spread Christianity.
The Desire For Exploration
With Moors only having one pice of land left it was really easy for the Conquistadors to take over Granada. The sultan had to had King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella the key to Granada and that was it. That meant that the Spanish had full control over the Iberian Peninsula.
If the people disobeyed the King and Queen, by not converting to Christianity, the people would be tortured and expelled from the Iberian Peninsula.
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sent Christopher Columbus off to find new land. He was searching for land at sea with his crew for three months until they found anything. In those three months, his crew grew restless and started plotting against him. After three months of searching, he finally found land. When they arrived at shore, he claimed it for Spain and said "For God, Gold and Glory!"