The Aztecs eventually drove the Spanish from the city, but Cortes returned again to defeat them and take the city in 1521. King Charles I of Spain appointed him the governor of New Spain the following year. Later on Cotes In 1524, governor Cortes went to Honduras to quell a rebellion against him. He stayed for two years, and when he returned to Mexico he found himself removed from power. Cortes traveled to Spain to plead with the king, but he was never again appointed to
He doesn’t even mention other soldiers that aided in this conquest. Lastly, Cortez venerates the Aztecs as a people that are on the same cultural and societal par as the Spanish, as their physical civilization was explicated as magnificent. By molding the Aztecs this way, Cortez did not only level Spanish prestige with that of the Aztecs, but also created an enemy that was adversarial, exponentially elevates the prestige of Cortez himself. Instead of promulgating Spanish identity, Cortez focuses on proliferating the myth of himself to gain personal
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 citizens of the Aztec Empire were feared all over Mexico. The tribes that lived closest to them mostly feared them because of their high thirst for human blood. As we have been able to learn more about the Aztecs, we have been able to learn and see how they were terrible and magnificent people at the same time. The Aztec are mostly known for being murderers to other humans, their treatment of women, and their double standard of gender. If you are able to look past these horrible
Don Melchior Caruarayco was a kuraka whose reign was filled with adversity and conflict, however through all of it; he stuck to his Andean roots and proceeded on as lord of Cajamarca. As a kuraka, don Melchior entered his reign during a period of time when Spanish colonialism was forging a stronghold on Andean civilization and practices. Throughout his reign he encountered three major conflicts: religion, tribute, and power. As the Spanish began their colonization, they had brought with them Christianity and forced it onto the Andean society. Don Melchior, however, stuck with his people and allowed them to continue practicing the belief of their ancestors.
When Cortes and his men first arrived on the island of Cozumel in 1519, they were unaware that a complex and advanced civilization was just beyond the shores of Mexico. Although, as stated, the Aztecs were a rather advanced civilization, when compared to the Spaniards that invaded their city, they were lacking in technology. Cortes used this to his advantage, stunning the natives with displays of cavalry and horses, as he
Humanities Essay: The Aztecs The Aztecs or Mexica as they called themselves, weren’t originally from the Valley of Mexico, many people migrated from the north. As history states the people migrated because of a great drought in northern Mexico and southwestern United States. After two centuries of migration, around 1200 AD the Aztecs started to form their foundation in the Valley of Mexico, and that was the start of one of the most mightest civilization. The Valley of Mexico attracted many more people as it was full of rich resources. The Valley was surrounded by high mountains protecting them from any enemies, freshwater from the mountains, marshy lakes that provided them with food, plants, salt and also water for cultivation and agriculture (Nicoletta Maestri, “Aztec Origins and the Founding of TenochtitlÃ¡n - Aztec Tenochtitlan”).
The first meeting between Cortés and Montezuma are described two different ways as “The True History of the Conquest of New Spain” by Bernal Díaz excerpt notes “When Cortés was told that the Great Montezuma was approaching, and he saw him coming, he dismounted from his horse, and when he was near Montezuma, they simultaneously paid great reverence to one another. Montezuma bade him welcome and our Cortés replied through Doña Marina wishing him very good health. And it seems to me that Cortés, through Doña Marina, offered him his right hand, and Montezuma did not wish to take it, but he did give his hand to Cortés and Cortés brought out a necklace which he had ready at hand, made of glass stones”. The “Florentine Codex” by Fray Bernardino De Sahagun “And when they [the Spaniards] had come as far as Xoloco, when they had stopped there, Moteucçoma dressed and prepared himself for a meeting, along with other great rulers and high nobles, his rulers and nobles.” Also notes “And when Moteucçoma went out to meet them at Huitzillan, thereupon he gave various things to the war leader, the commander of the warriors; he gave him flowers, he put necklaces on him, he put flower necklaces on him, he girded him with flowers, he put flower wreaths
He suddenly regretted hurting innocent people, he took action and started composing records describing how cruel Spanish were. The purpose of his writings was to present to the Spanish authorities those problems concerning the way conquistadors forced American Indians to labor and religion. Bartolome believed that somehow, the authorities could adjust the procedure when operating in Indian American tribes. Spanish, they all had one goal in America: to be powerful and rich, or at least that is what they thought. Certainly on the eyes of the Spanish conquerors, De La Casas was an egocentric man because his intentions interfered with the goals they determined.
“I am Hernán Cortés of the homeland of Spain, present your leader immediately” declared the man embarked in silver. The priest was left with total astonishment, just like the crowd. Unable to articulate any words, the noble priest nodded his head and whispered something to one of his assistants. Following a brief reply, the assistant made way toward the Emperor's Palace, for our great leader Cuauhtemoc must be made aware. “Won't you let us march to your leader now?” questioned the Spaniard.