Hernan Cortes & The Aztecs. Hernan Cortes Founded Veracruz, Mexico Afterwards, he recruited thousands of the Aztecs’ enemies & headed for their capital

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  • Hernan Cortes & The Aztecs

  • Hernan CortesFounded Veracruz, MexicoAfterwards, he recruited thousands of the Aztecs enemies & headed for their capital.

  • TenochtitlanThis was the Aztec capital in the interior of Mexico.The Emperor was Moctezuma.

  • AztecsThe Aztecs were also known as Mexica.They had been expecting the arrival of the god Quetzalcoatl, who was to have hair of flames.

  • MoctezumaSince Cortes had red hair & a powerful army, Moctezuma thought he was the god Quetzalcoatl.

  • Cortes Conquers TenochtitlanCortes took Moctezuma hostageHe destroyed Tenochtitlan in 1521 with 400 Spanish soldiers & 150,000 natives

  • Mexico CityCortes built Mexico City (D.F.) over the ruins of Tenochtitlan.The Aztec (Mexica) civilization inspired the name for Mexicos capital.

  • Decline of Aztec CivilizationNative populations declined because of the Spanish search for wealth.We came to serve God and to get rich, as all men wish to do. Bernal Diaz del Castillo

  • Decline of Aztec CivilizationWar & disease (smallpox) also caused a huge decline in the Aztec civilization