Let’s Talk History Part 7: The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly in the United States

1521:

The Aztec empire capital city of Tenochtitlán is captured by the Spanish, so ending Mexica, or Aztec, civilization and beginning the Viceroyalty of New Spain, or overseas territories of the Spanish Empire

Following several brief administrations, including the first colonial ruler Hernán Cortés, Spanish nobleman Don Antonio de Mendoza is appointed as the first viceroy of New Spain in 1535 by Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor (known as the King of Spain as Charles I)

New Spain included territory in the present-day United States, Mexico and Central America, the Philippines, Mariana, Caroline, Cayman and Maluku Islands, Taiwan, Cuba, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Trinidad.


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