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Cortes Conquistador Conspirator and Christian In 1485 Spain was finally able to relax after the recapture of their country from the Muslim Moors who had ruled for the last eight hundred years With this victory Spain could now begin to once again re-establish its Christian monarchy In this same year in the town of Medellin Spain was born Hernando Cortes also Fernando Cortes or even Hernan Cortes Cortes was greatly influenced by the Roman Catholic Church as well as his strong sense of nationalism and would grow up to become a conquistador some would argue perhaps the greatest conquistador who ever lived So it came to be that Hernando Cortes would journey far beyond the shores of Spain in search of lands and treasures to claim in the name of Spain and his God and to earn his place in history as well as his fortune At this time Spain was not a unified country though the people were proud not only of their Spanish heritage but also of the region from which they came In an attempt to unify the various factions within Spain who were often at war with one another Ferdinand of Argon who was king took Isabella of Castille as his wife and queen who together were dubbed the Catholic Kings by the Pope The Spaniards were also very devoted to the Roman Catholic Church it was after all by the grace of God that the Spaniards were able to drive out and defeat the much better equipped armies of the Moors Marks 4-7 In 1492 the Italian voyager Christopher Columbus came to Ferdinand and Isabella and asked them to finance a great voyage Due to miscalculations by the scientists of the time Columbus believed that you could sail west across the Atlantic Ocean and uninterruptedly arrive at the shores of India Marks 8-9 After reluctance at first the Royal family agreed and outfitted Columbus with a crew and three
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