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  • When Montezuma first heard of the Spanish landing at Veracruz. Montezuma didn't know if Cortes was a god or a human. Montezuma sent clothing of Quetzalcoatl to test Cortes and see if he wore it. Cortes didn't know to importance behind it and wore it. Montezuma tested him again by giving him food containing human blood, but Cortes refused to eat in fear of food poisoning.
  • The Aztec Meet the Spanish
  • Cortes knew he couldn't defeat the Aztecs with only 500 men. He learned that many didn't like being dominated by the Aztecs. Cortes used this to his advantage and made many allies.
  • The Spanish learn about the Aztecs
  • The Tlaxcalans were enemies of the Aztecs. They were against being under the Spanish, so they decided to attack the Spanish, but Cortes and his men held them off. They saw his power and deiced to make an alliance with him to defeat the Aztecs.
  • Using the Tlaxcala's and Cholula's
  • La Malinche told Cortes that there was a plan to ambush him and his men at Cholula so the Tlaxcalans and Spanish attacked first. The Cholula were defeated and agreed to join Cortes.
  • The Cholula's are plaining to ambush you!!
  • Cortes was determined to conquer the empire. Cortes sent messages saying that he was coming in peace to meet and greet the emperor. When Moctezuma addressed Cortes, he addressed him as a god, unsure if he was Quetzalcoatl.
  • The first meeting between Cortes and Moctezuma: 2 worldveiws
  • For the past 6 months Cortes remained at Tenochtitlan. Cortes had received a message that Velazquez sent men to arrest him for disobeying him. Cortes left and left Alvarado in charge. The Aztec were prepping a festival of honouring their god. Alvarado saw what they were doing and was horrified. He sent his men and they massacred them.
  • Massacre of Unarmed Aztec
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