The fall of the Aztec Empire was due to the determination of the Spaniards. The Spaniards were destructive. They did not respect the Natives’ religions at all. They almost destroyed all of the Natives’ culture, and now we know very little about Natives. The Spaniards’ greed and obsession with power, this was their main motivation to conquer the Aztec Empire. The Aztecs’ religion is what got them into the most trouble. They sacrificed humans for their Gods, which was wrong in the Spaniards’ eyes (and mine too). They also were very superstitious .The Aztecs may have won the battle against the Spaniards if they too had advanced weaponry and battle tactics. The Aztecs and the Spaniards were vastly different people, however they had similarities. They both killed in the name of religion, and both growing empires willing to do anything to gain more power. Cortés was sent on expedition to establish trading deals with the Natives in and around the Yucatan peninsula, under order of Diego Velázquez, who was the Governor of Cuba. Velázquez soon regretted his decision and to stop Cortés from ever leaving …show more content…
Cuitlahuac Soon died from Chickenpox. Then Cuauhtémoc took throne, how is Cuitlahuac’s nephew. The Spaniards brought Chickenpox, Measles, Mumps, and a few other dieses from Europe. It is estimated that almost 80 percent of the Aztec population was killed by dieses, this is because the Aztecs having no immunity to these dieses what so ever. The Spanish retreated from Tenochtitlan, by fighting their way out, away from the angry mobs. The Spaniards took shelter with the Tlaxacan where they devised a plan to finally to conquer the Aztecs once and for all. The Spaniards, Tlaxacan, and other allied tribes all returned to Tenochtitlan with reinforcements and a siege. After eighty days of bloody battles Cuauhtémoc surrendered to the Spaniards, and that was the end of the Aztec
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As a result he and his loyal Indian allies escaped from Tenochtitlan. This set back the conquest plans but not for long as Cortes was able to recoup a small force that eventually laid siege to the capital. Essay 1: Brett Ford Essay 1 History C209 Professor Beshwate 27 February 2016 The Aztec empire, before
Hernan Cortes de Monroy Pizarro, born in the year of 1485 in Medellin, Castile, he was a Spanish Conquistador and captain of the third expedition to “The New World” which was also the fall of the Aztec Empire, and brought many large portions of land in Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. His enmity with the Governor of Cuba, Diego Velazquez de Cuellar, resulted in the recall of his expedition, which was a last minute decision, this was an order that Cortes
Montezuma would restructure and appoint newly held positions never before seen during this point in the Aztec governing body, as well as rid timeworn and previous positions. However, throughout fierce battle campaigns, Aztec rule began to expand at a rapid rate and thus began to dwindle shortly before the arrival of the Spanish. This was due in part to neighboring societies being overran and conquered, divided and managed into numerous subsets, ruled by shadow rulers and forced to worship the Aztec deity, Huitzilopochtli, god of sun and war. Many subsets began to rebel, such as the Thaxcalan, aiding in the future alliance and Spanish conquer of the overall Mesoamerican and specifically Aztec civilization (Youtube.com). Most contribute the fall of the Aztec empire to Spanish conquer.
In 1521 Cortes returned to several thousand tribes to include the Texxocans, Chulca, and Tepanec for a final battle. Cortes and his Spanish force besieged Tenochtitlan cutting off water and food supplies. Despite a fierce resistance the city fell August 1521, more than 200,000 people died in the struggle (History.com Staff,
In the book Sundiata and the essay “Second Letter of Fernando Cortes to Emperor Charles V,” both texts tell stories about the great conquerors in the history. In Sundiata, Sundiata and his strong allies defeated Soumaoro, the King of Sosso; he became the leader of the Mali Empire. In “Second Letter of Fernando Cortes to Emperor Charles V,” Cortes is the conqueror of the Empire of Aztec; he allied with some groups of natives to fight with the others. He had powerful weapons and horses. Moreover, Cortes and his men brought smallpox, a serious infectious disease to Aztec.
The native Americans were outgunned by technologically superior opponents and were subjugated by the victors, by racist policies and actions that were committed against them. But there are some differences compared to Azteca war is that while the Aztecs had numerical superiority the Indians did not, another point is the rebellion that allowed the formation of Mexico, the Indians did not get anything near the resemblance of retribution that the Aztecs were allowed to
The conflict and defeat of the Aztecs was not avoidable because the Spanish were looking for gold and land, and would have eventually come into contact with the Aztecs no matter who found the land of Tenochtitlan first. Since the Aztecs had everything the Spaniards wanted, it was likely that a battle between the two was bound to happen. In war the Spanish had a large advantage because of their weapons and battle gear. If the Aztecs came into contact with the Spanish, they were likely to die because of the disease the Spaniards carried with them. Also, a lot of enemies were created against the Aztecs because of the human sacrifices they had to make in order to nourish their gods.
The Aztec and Incan empires were destroyed in similar ways. While their empires were ruled differently and focused on different things their downfall was caused by even the same group of people. Their destruction wasn't peaceful and somewhat gory. Important factors of the fall of the Aztec and Incan empires were European expeditions, disease, and warfare. The Aztec and Incan empires were both unique in their own ways.
The author gives insight on how many ways the Spaniards used their power to assist in the downfall of the Aztecs. The reason why the Spaniards became victorious, was because the Spaniards were looked upon as if they were gods because of their outer appearance. The Aztecs broke bread and welcomed the Spaniards with gifts and parties. The Aztecs triggered their relationship with the Spaniards by holding a ritual for the arrival of the god which included a human sacrifice. The Spaniards didn’t agree with the rituals and began to despise the Aztecs.
The Spanish were able to colonize Mexico without much resistance.” After the smallpox epidemic, the Aztecs were even more vulnerable. The Spanish exploration and conquering of Tenochtitlan was to gain power for the Spanish empire, but the city’s people were somewhat considered rebellious, and consequently, Cortes needed to conquer/kill the people first. By taking down the people of the city, Cortes was exposed to the city’s great treasures for his reward of gold; he retrieved all the gold he could, and travelled back to Spain where he was labelled a hero for his acts of
In my Pre-Columbian Civilization Research, I will be discussing the Aztec Empire from 1300-1521. As indicated on the map, they were located in the Southern part of Mexico. The state capital was Tenochtitlan, and there were two other large cities: Texcoco and Tlacopan. The Aztec were known for their agriculture, military, commercial markets, religion, and the fall of the Aztec Civilization.
A very big factor in their fall was that they had very many enemies. They had a lot of enemies because they demanded sacrifices, and a lot of people don't like human sacrifices. Even though the Aztecs drove Hernan Cortes out, he left behind something deadly. The Spaniards left behind small pox which killed thousands of the Aztecs and weakened most of them, which allowed Hernan Cortes to come and conquer the
Defeat struck the Aztec Empire in 1521 when Hernan Cortes and his army invaded and conquered Tenochtitlan, bringing the end of the great civilization. Could the Aztecs have done something before, something that could have changed the way the Empire had come to an end? Geography helped in a major way, surrounding the Aztecs with protection from Mt.Popocatepetl and Mt.Iztaccihuatl . The weapons and war strategies that the Aztecs used were very well planned and could have defeated the Spanish. Even so, Montezuma, the emperor of the Aztecs, had to ruin the victory.