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Hernando Cortez Essay

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Hernando Cortez was one of the bravest military leaders of all time. Born in Medellin, Spain, he was a Spanish Conquistador who conquered most of Central America. He also gave Spain three-hundred years of control over Mexico. Cortez started exploring in the early 1500’s. He explored to find riches and conquered by being observant of the natives. With a small army, he conquered the Aztec Empire. Cortez went to the university in Salamanca, Spain. He attended the university to study Latin and Law. Unfortunately, Cortez completed only two years of school. He returned to his family in Medellin, Spain. However, life became boring for him. Nevertheless, Christopher Columbus inspired Cortez to explore the New World. Finally, Cortez was able to…show more content…
Cortez prepared for this expedition. However, Velasquez became regretful of his decision. He thought Cortez wanted to conquer the Mayans for his own personal gains. Velasquez attempted to change his orders, but it was too late. Cortez set sail and continued to put his fleet together. In 1519, Cortez explored the Yucatan coastline. Landing in Tabasco, Cortez captured the natives. Although, Tabasco people possessed little of value, they told Cortez of the great treasures of the Aztec Empire. Cortez moved his troops northward and conquered the port of Vera Cruz. In Vera Cruz, Cortez made plans to advance against the Aztecs. He took a Tabasco woman and enlisted her help to supplement his army. Cortez used her to translate the native language to Aguilar. Aguilar was another Spaniard shipped wreck at the port of Vera Cruz. He had learned the language of the natives. Aguilar translated the language to Cortez troops. They learned about the traditions of the Aztec people. Cortez used this information he gathered to defeat the Aztecs. Finally, he convinced the native tribes to fight with him against the Aztecs. He knew he needed these allies to conquer the Aztec empire. With the knowledge of a myth about a white god, he was able to betray Montezuma II. “Quetzalcoatl was an Aztecan god. His name means “the feathered serpent” in the Nahuatl language. Quetzalcoatl was the patron of priests and the inventor of the calendar. He was
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