CQH-02 Spanish Cavalryman with Cavalry Standard
From the moment of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of lands previously unknown to Europe in 1492, the New World captured the imagination of European adventurers. Thousands of men came to the “New World” to seek fortune, glory and land. For two centuries, these men explored the New World, conquering any native people they came across in the name of the King of Spain (and the hope of gold). They came to be known as the Conquistadors.
A swallow-tailed red flag with a representation of the Holy Spirit (dove) is shown on the Codex Azcatitlan, and is believed to be Hernan Cortes’ cavalry standard.