By 1600, Spain had conquered almost the whole of coastal South America except Brazil, and much of the interior as well, down to the River Plate ... No other conquest like this has there been in the annals of the human race. In one generation the Spaniards acquired more new territory than Rome conquered in five centuries.
Friday, January 3, 2014
The Oxford History of the American People by Samuel Eliot Morison
Prehistory to 1789 Publishers The New American Library 1972