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Hernan Cortes was born in Medellin Extre Madura in 1485 Hernan was only a petite 5 4 but he made up for his height advantage with courage and determination Cortes studied law in Spain but then he decided to come over to the Americas Upon his arrival he joined force with velazquez to conquer Cuba They did and in 1511 he became the mayor of Cuba Cortes in 1519 persuaded Velaquez governor to allow an expedition to Mexico Velazquez was skeptical but approved the trip anyway So Cortes was of to Mexico with six-hundred men and twenty horses Hernan sailed along the Yucatan and landed in Tabasco Here he learned of Montezuma II and the Aztecs During this time Cortes found a mistress named Marina She helped as an interpreter guide and counselor for the Spainards Cortes then established a town Veracruz Here he removed the authority of Velaquez He also burnt the ships which had brought them to prevent people from returning Hernan Cortes and his men marched for weeks to reach the acclaimed Tenochtitlan On his way he met up with the Tlaxcalanc who formed an alliance with him against the Aztecs In November of 1519 Cortes finally reached the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan Upon his arrival the Axtecs believed Cortes and the Spainards were the return of Quetzalcoatl Quetzalcoatl was the axtec god-king who was light skinned bearded and would return from the east All of these descriptions fitted Hernan Hence the Spainards were treated lavishly and roamed freely throughout the city During this time the Spainish found a lot of gold stored throughout the city Even with the lavish treatment the Spainish were receiving they still captured Montezuma II Meanwhile Velaquez in Cuba dispatches Narvaez and to get Cortes for treason Hernan hears of the news and goes to the coast to meet Narvaez Cortes then persuades Narvaez and his troops to join him inn the conquests of the Aztecs
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