1492 AD to 1519 AD
Although the Aztecs had no idea how profoundly they were to be affected when the news reached Europe that a vast new land had been found filled with gold. It set off a spate of exploration fever. Spain, among other countries, vied to make the journey to this fabled land. In 1519 AD, the first Spaniards set foot in Mexico forever to change history.
A painting of a holy man with the ships that brought the Spaniards.
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