The Spanish colonization of the Americas was Spain's conquest, settlement, and rule over much of the western hemisphere.
Beginning with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, over three centuries the Spanish Empire expanded right across this part of the world starting from early small settlements in the Caribbean.
Today you will find throughout Mexico and Central America some of the best preserved examples of colonial history in many of the region’s cities. They not only retain some beautiful classic architecture but something of their historical soul which has been incorporated into modern bustling lives. They are a delight to simply wander round, or to shop, browse markets, sit in cafes, absorb local life and visit museums.