The Spanish Conquest on the Americas

1300 - 1500

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Aztec City of Tenochtitlan founded

1325

Aztecs choose their first emperor

1376

Inca military expansion begins

1438

Machu Picchu founded

1462

Columbus 'discovers' the Americas

1492

Columbus lands on Venezuelan coast

1498

Columbus encounters Maya in Yucatan

1502

'Laws of Burgos' introduced

1512 - 1513

Spanish settlements established on Cuba

1515

Spanish invade Yucatan

1517

Spanish invade Yucatan

1518

Cortes arrives in Tenochtitlan

1519

Tenochtitlan is destroyed. Spanish occupy Aztec Empire

1521

De Alvarado invades Maya lands

1523

Spanish conquer Gutaemala

1525

Pizarro lands at Incan settlement of Tumbes

1527

De Soto lands in Florida

1539

Spanish conquer Yucatan

1541

'New Laws' introduced

1542