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The conquest of the Aztec empire can be seen as a collision between two diverse societies whose cultural differences are just as distant as the dividing seas between the two worlds Spaniards had the intention of territorial expansion and wealth accumulation while the Aztecs had intentions of maintaining their livelihood Three of the most substantial factors that reflect the cultural differences are their perceptions of gold warfare and religion In my opinion The differing views of gold was the most important factor in onset of the war thus it was the most significant cause of the cultural dispute This dispute would lead to religious dispute and ultimately to war which also showed incongruity in both cultures At the forefront of this dispute was the leader of the Spaniard expedition Hernan Cortes The economic motive of the Spanish conquistador Cortes was based primarily on gold This was what ultimately drove to the Spaniards to the destruction of Aztec empire To the Aztec Indians the value of precious metalsrare objects was highly prized The king of the Aztec empire Motecuhzoma did have his own personal treasury where he kept his own desirables such as bracelets golden jewelry etc 68 Gold however was not their center of focus after the conquest non-golden objects confiscated by the Spaniards were redistributed to their allies who greatly appreciated such gifts 121 and Motecuhzoma was willing to give to their new gods much of their wealth including gold to appease them 19 Given that Aztecs were very religious the tributes were considered to be divine adornments 23 The aim of the Spaniards voyage however to the New World was based on profit motive especially gold accumulation The Spaniards burst into smiles pigs for that gold eyes delighted with pleasure monkeys transported by joy upon receiving the golden objects as tributes from Motecuhzoma 51 The Spaniards were not be happy with what they had until they had everything With
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