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Hernan Cortes Hernan Cortes In 1519 a Spanish expedition was sent on a mission to conquer Mexico The Spanish expedition consisting of eleven ships was lead by a conquistador named Hernan Cortes Hernan Cortes is known throughout the world as the man who defeated the Aztec Empire By taking over the Aztec Empire and their emperor a man named Moctezuma Hernan Cortes conquered Mexico Cortes was always known as a man who was courageous and brave in his leadership of his soldiers Hernan Cortes was born in 1485 in the town of Medellin Spain His parents were minor nobles Cortes mother was known and described as a religious and honorable woman At the age of fourteen Cortes was sent by his parents to the University of Salamonco There Cortes studied and read grammar His pour health caused him to discontinue his study Nevertheless Cortes read many literatures about the discovery of America Hernan Cortes filled his mind with dreams of sailing to the new world At the age of nineteen Cortes sailed the Indies Cortes had power not because of inheritance but because of determination and a little luck In 1519 Hernan Cortes and an army of five hundred Spanish soldiers arrived in Mexico They arrived in a fleet of eleven ships Once Cortes soldiers stepped onto land many of them were divided in the desire of wealth and the fear of defeat and death Many of them expressed themselves and their concerns We are only five hundred they told Cortes and he answered Then our hearts must be double courageous We are dieing of fever and Indian attacks others complained Then let us bury our dead at night so that our enemies will think that we are 3 immortal Let us go back to Cuba let us sail back others said in mutiny But there are no ships Cortes answered I have sunk the ships right here There
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