By Levy, Buddy; Emperor of Mexico Montezuma II; Cortés, Hernán
In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived at the beaches of Mexico with a roughshod group of adventurers and the motive to extend the Spanish empire. alongside the way in which, 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 goals, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of a fancy and sophisticated civilization with fifteen million humans, and commander of the main strong army desktop within the Americas. but in lower than years, Cortés defeated the full Aztec state in a single of the main mind-blowing army campaigns ever waged. occasionally outnumbered thousands-to-one, Cortés time and again beat possible most unlikely odds. during this booklet the writer researches the combo of crafty, braveness, brutality, superstition, and eventually disorder that enabled Cortés and his males to survive.--From writer description. Read more...
summary: In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived at the shorelines of Mexico with a roughshod workforce 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 posh and complicated civilization with fifteen million humans, and commander of the main robust army desktop within the Americas. but in lower than years, Cortés defeated the whole Aztec country in a single of the main fabulous army campaigns ever waged. occasionally outnumbered thousands-to-one, Cortés many times beat probably very unlikely odds. during this publication the writer researches the combination of crafty, braveness, brutality, superstition, and eventually sickness that enabled Cortés and his males to survive.--From writer description
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The Spaniards, fired and forged by the Crusades, would pillage and rape and kill in the name of God and country, subsuming in digenous cultures with little respect for their centuries of existence; the Aztecs used military force and violence to subjugate independent neighboring tribes and performed rites of human sacrifice and cannibalism. Neither could comprehend the other, and neither was willing to acquiesce. Both were uncompromisingly devoted to expanding their already considerable empires, and each was under the guidance and tutelage of a great leader.
Fabricated of metal, with a peak sloping gracefully from front to back, Tendile noted that this helmet possessed a remarkable resemblance to those worn by their war gods, including Huitzilopochtli and Quetzalcoatl. Montezuma, Tendile said, would be very interested in seeing this helmet, and he asked Cortés if he might borrow it to show his ruler. Once again thinking on his feet, Cortés responded mischievously that Tendile could certainly take the helmet, under the condition that it be returned filled with grains of Aztec gold, which he might compare with that of his homeland in Spain and give as a gift to his own great monarch across the eastern oceans.
14 The weather was favorable, and the leaky ship had been repaired. All the weapons, horses, and provisions were in proper order. Leaving Cozumel once more, the fleet struck out for the mainland, come what might. CHAPTER TWO The Battle with the Tabascans and the Acquisition of La Malinche AS THE FLEET CUT ACROSS THE OCEAN, Cortés plied Aguilar for information about the Mayan people, trying to determine whether they would be hostile. The mainland Mayans had successfully repelled Captain Francisco de Córdoba in 1517 at Champoton, killing twenty of his force and leaving over half of his expedition—including its leader—mortally wounded.