scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 710
Hernan Cortes The Fatal Mistake Of Montezuma International History Age Of Discovery Basil Gray The Spanish soldier Cortes is known as the conqueror of Mexico He was born in the small town of Medellin Extremadura in 1485 He studied law at the University of Salamanca but did master in a degree In this article you will read about Hernan Cortes and his mission to conquer the Aztecs When Hernan Cortes was 18 he sailed with an expedition to Santo Domingo in the West Indies where he remained until 1511 In 1511 Don Diego Columbus son of Christopher Columbus sent Diego Velasquez with three hundred men to take Cuba Velasquez invited Cortes to join him in his expedition to conquer Cuba This was successful and Velasquez became governor and Cortes Mayor of Cuba Cortes making promises he would not keep finally earned Velsquezs trust and started to prepare for his voyage to find riches Velasquez soon suspected Cortes of ambitions beyond his orders and canceled the expedition Cortes however assembled men and equipment and set sail on November 16 1518 On February 10 1519 he set sail for Mexico in command of eleven ships five hundred and eight soldiers two hundred Cubans some Indian women and sixteen horses He rounded the peninsula at Yucatn and touched Mexico on the coast of what is now the state of Tabasco During a battle with Indians there he took many captives Cortes knew nothing about the people he set off to conquer The information from earlier expeditions to the Yucatan of Mexico had provided him with no information about the powerful Aztecs The only thing on Cortess mind was how somewhere beyond the mountains there were pots of gold which he would have to pass through and subdue the coastal tribes on the mainland so he could reach the gold On Nov 8 1519 Cortes reached Tenochtitln and was graciously received
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA