The History of the Spanish Empire

Shortly after the union of Castile and Aragon created Spain, this fledgling country began exploring overseas in an effort to expand its territory. Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic in 1492 helped Spain establish itself as one of the world’s largest ever empires. Columbus had accidentally discovered the Americas while trying to reach Asia, and colonization of the area began not long after. This expansion continued until its peak of power in the seventeenth century, after which various wars caused this kingdom to crumble. In this video, explores the rise, dominance, and fall of this one-time world empire.

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