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Conquista
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1. Concept

The Spanish term conquista in general means “conquest,” and in particular, in the context of early modern history (specifically of European expansionism), the violent conquest of vast territories and empires in the Americas by the Spaniards, the so-called Conquistadors, who followed immediately in the wake of the discovery of America (America, Discovery of) in 1492, to some extent even overlapping with i…

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König, Hans-Joachim, “Conquista”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022526>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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