Taking a Look at the Spanish Conquest

1313 Words Jun 19th, 2018 6 Pages
Introduction:
THE SPANISH CONQUEST of the Americas is an interesting story of exploration, wealth, greed, devastation and death. The Aztec civilization, which lived in what we know today as central and South America, began to come under threat from European explorers during the late 15th century. The Aztec civilization was one of the most spectacular in the world, and at its heart was the masterpiece of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. However, the prosperity and wonder of the Aztecs came to an end with the arrival of Hernan Cortés and his Spanish conquistadors. Hernan Cortés’ unjustified barbaric actions caused the total demise of one of the most diverse, powerful, creative and advanced civilizations in all of history.

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Cortés was also interested in conquering the land for his mother country and making a name for himself as a young explorer. Like any explorer Hernan was both ambitious and greedy.
What was the Ancient Prophecy? And How did it aid Cortés’ invasion?
In the year 1519 the words of a ancient prophecy would come back to haunt Moctezuma II. The story told of the ancient god of Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent or precious twin. God of intelligence and self-reflection). Who is said to departed Mexico of a raft of woven serpents. Curiously Quetzalcoatl was said to be white skinned and to have worn a beard. The story states that he proclaimed that one day he would return to reclaim his throne. The expected year of his return was to be the year one reed one the Aztec calendar. As faith would have it that was the year 1519 on the Christian calendar. The same year Moctezuma had received reports of moving mountains seen in the waters of the Mexican coastline. Hernan Cortes had arrived. Depending on how you look at it this could have been one of histories greatest convincedents or the ancient Aztec prophecy coming true. As soon as the Spaniards had landed moctezuma sent him lavish gifts as a bride of leaving, but the very gold that he was given would ensure the Aztecs destruction. Hernan kept asking for gold and the more gold he was given only wetted his appetite for more. As the Spaniards moved inwards they came