The Conquistador is a light cavalry that is very similar to the European Dragoon. It is cheaper than a Dragoon, but possesses less hit points and slightly less attack. Due to its availability in the earlier age, it can prove to be advantageous to the civilizations that lack a light ranged cavalry in the Commerce Age.
There is an alternate, unused variant of the Conquistador labeled as ypNatMercConquistador in the game files, which has a larger train limit of 24 and takes more damage from Spies and Ninja. The NatMerc label was used for native warriors shipped from the Home City, so the Conquistador is probably intended to be able to be shipped from the Home City.
Conquistadors were Spanish adventurers of the early sixteenth century who explored and conquered much of Central and South America for the Spanish Empire. Their journeys were not created or funded by the empire, but rather individual expeditions funded by merchants, and often with the primary goals of exploring, looting, and spreading Christianity to the indigenous peoples.
While many of the most famous conquistadors sought treasures located only in legend, such as the Seven Cities of Gold or the Fountain of Youth, others claimed important firsts for European explorers of the era. Vasco Nunez de Balboa and his men crossed Central America and were the first Europeans to see the Pacific Ocean.
Fifty years of exploration and exploitation in the Americas increased the wealth and expanded the territory of the Spanish Empire, but at much cost to the Native populations. In 1521, Hernan Cortes captured Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, and in the 1530s, Francisco Pizarro conquered the Inca Empire in Peru. Even with the destruction of these great civilizations, Native resistance to the foreign invaders continued for many years.