Top 10 Conquerors In History

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These are the greatest conquerors in human history ranked solely by the amount of land they brought under their control while in power. Hernán Cortés is a big reason why Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world. Starting with just a few hundred armored soldiers, about 15 horses, and - most importantly, guns and cannons - Cortés left Cuba and made his way deep inside the Aztec empire, ruthlessly forcing indigenous warriors to fight for him. When he reached the capital, Tenochtitlan, the Aztec ruler - Moctezuma - fatefully decided to welcome Cortés and his men. This was a huge mistake and led to the destruction of the great city and the Aztec empire, giving Spain a foothold in the American mainland. Francisco Pizarro admired the success of his distant cousin, Cortés, and became determined to achieve glory himself. He targeted the Incan empire in Peru, a land rich with gold. Pizarro and his force of 170 gun wielding, horseriding men, began in Panama and made their way south through foreign territory until they were confronted by the Inca emperor Atahualpa and his 80,000-man army. The Spaniards lured the natives close, then ambushed and easily overwhelmed them.