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In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived at the seashores of Mexico with a roughshod staff of adventurers and the reason to extend the Spanish empire. alongside the best way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to transform the local population to Catholicism and hold off a fortune in gold. In Tenochtitlán, town of desires, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of a fancy and sophisticated Read more...

summary: In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived at the shorelines of Mexico with a roughshod staff of adventurers and the reason to extend the Spanish empire. alongside the best way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to transform the local population to Catholicism and hold off a fortune in gold. In Tenochtitlán, the town of desires, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of a posh and complex civilization with fifteen million humans, and commander of the main strong army laptop within the Americas. but in below years, Cortés defeated the complete Aztec kingdom in a single of the main extraordinary army campaigns ever waged. occasionally outnumbered thousands-to-one, Cortés again and again beat probably very unlikely odds. during this publication the writer researches the combination of crafty, braveness, brutality, superstition, and at last illness that enabled Cortés and his males to survive.--From writer description

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He learned it was Sunday and realized he was off by a few days, but by now it hardly mattered. Tucked beneath his tattered cloak was a torn old prayer book, which he kept with him at all times. In his eight years marooned, he had learned to speak Chontal Mayan fluently, and he had retained much of his native Spanish, though it was rusty and came with difficulty. Cortés was elated by this stroke of providence. Through Aguilar he could learn something of the mainlanders’ customs, their beliefs and lifeways.

He orchestrated a landing, sending some two hundred soldiers (nearly half his force), the horses and war hounds, loads of artillery, and a handful of Cuban porters ashore in the brigantines and rowboats. As nothing better was available in the near vicinity, he and his troops camped on a sloped, inhospitable sand dune amid sparse tropical palms, erecting temporary shacks for shelter and shade. The place was oppressively humid, sultry, and swarming with mosquitoes. They positioned some cannons and other artillery on the higher dunes.

They fled in terror. Within a few hours smoke hung low in the Cintla Valley, and more than eight hundred Tabascans lay dead in the fields. 14 As the last of the Tabascans scattered into the hills, Cortés and his cavalrymen dismounted, unsaddled, and tethered their horses, treating some that were wounded. He ordered rest and medical attention for his wounded men, who amounted to nearly a fifth of his fighting force, though many of the wounds were minor. ”15 That night more than a hundred additional Spaniards fell ill with fevers, cramps, and general malaise, likely from foul water drunk from the streams, coupled with the oppressive heat and humidity.

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