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conquistadores

[ (kong-kees-tuh-dawr-ays, kong-kees-tuh-dawr-eez) ]
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The Spanish military leaders who established Spanish rule in the New World by overthrowing Native American governments. (See Hernando Cortés and Francisco Pizarro.)

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