Hernando Cortes Conquered the Aztecs!

Hernando Cortes, a Spanish Conquistador, ventured into Tenochtitlan, the capital of Aztec empire, searching for gold, god, and glory. He set out to conquer the empire and to capture the Aztecs in order to achieve such things. Unfortunately for the Aztecs, Hernando and the Spaniards had guns, cannons, and other helpful weapons. But the Aztecs had Indian allies that helped them fight. The Aztecs believed that Hernando Cortes was Quetzalcoatl, a god. They thought that he was a god and if they hurt him the gods would not be happy with them. Quetzalcoatl was supposed to return as a white man with a beard. By the year 1519, trouble began to come up between the Spaniards and the Aztecs.

The war first broke out when Cortes took over Montezuma, the leader of the Aztecs, and his family. The Spanish fought with their newly introduced weapons and the Aztecs attacked with their Indian allies. Hernando easily won the first battle. After Hernando released Montezuma, the angry Aztec people stoned him to death because he lied to them and said the Spanish were good people. In the next battle that broke out, Cortes was able to conquer them easily again. He then stole the Aztecs gold, jewels and other valuables. Cortes was happy with his conquering and returned back to Spain with the riches.

After the battles, the Aztec empire finally fell around 1521. All of the natives to the land became slaves. They were forced to work in gold mines. He introduced horses to the Americas and Mexico by bringing them over to them. Also, Cortes brought many different things back to Spain. One new object he introduced was metal weapons. They became more commonly used in Spain following the battles. Hernando Cortes got exactly what he wanted. God fell into place when the Aztecs thought that he was their God. Glory was very important because when he returned home, everyone was gracious for what he had done. He most especially had achieved gold because he got all of the Aztecs riches. All in all, Hernando Cortes did most definitely achieve god, gold, and glory.


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