Native American Conquistadors – The Mesoamerican Conquest of the New World


Explore the role of indigenous peoples in the conquest of the New World.


Mesoamerican cultures at the time of the arrival of the Spanish were incredibly advanced. Their military institutions consisted not only of peasant conscripts, but of a professional warrior class. The Spaniards realized this immediately and utilized these forces to great effect in their subjugations of Native Americans throughout the New World. This lecture will explore the role of Mesoamerican Indians in the Spanish colonial enterprise of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Program Duration: 45-90 minutes

Program Targeted to: 12th Grade+, College, and Adults

Additional information


Coronado Historic Site


Language Arts, Social Studies


Anthropology, Archaeology, History

Age Group

9th – 12th Grade, College, Adult