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The Aztecs Account of the Conquest of Mexico Is Hernan Cortez Guilty of violating International Laws The discovery of the New World was part of the remarkable European expansion This expansion was possible due to the Europeans technical skills in navigation their economic status in maritime and military enterprise their interest in spreading Christianity and their determination to gain new lands and wealth The Spaniards reached the New World in a conquest spirit Spains exploration of the New World was driven by their interest in expansion of their empire and spread of Catholicism Many of the dedicated missionaries who embarked on the explorations were consistent in their purpose to as they put it save the souls of the heathen Indians For the conquerors like Hernan Cortez and Fransisco Pizarro their motivation was no doubt more complex Hernan Cortez was born in Medillin Spain in 1485 His Father fought against the Moors and his mother was an honest religious woman After failing as a student Cortez came to the New World following in his father footsteps He became involved in many expeditions and in 1518-1519 the governor of Cuba Velazques motivated to acquire the riches of the land wanted to make full contact with mainland Mexico and Cortez was appointed the leader of the expedition Cortez narrowly managed to undertake the expedition and in 1519 he arrived in Mexico with only 500 men 16 horses and several pieces of artillery Cortez landed near Villa Rica de Vera Cruz and immediately gain political control of the city Soon the Spaniards started to trek inland and fought against the Tlaxcalan people who surrendered and became Cortezs most faithful allies By October 1519 this combine force reached the Aztec village of Choula where they slaughtered over 3000 citizens of Choula At this point the ruler of Tenochtitlan Motecuhzuma was very troubled but he believed that Cortez was actually the Aztec god Quetzacoatl By November
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