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An Unforeseen Enemy
The Final Battle
Cortés, the conquistadors and, and the Texcalan retreated to Texcala for 5 months to recover. The Aztec began dying from smallpox. As much as half the population died beacause of this. Tenochititlan died from this in those 5 months. Cuitlahuac, chosen after the death of Moctezuma, died from the disease after being leader for 80 days.
After regrouping, Cortés returned to Tenochtitlan with his allies, the Texcalans and warriors of Texcoco. They turned against the Aztec as they saw strengthin Spanish. THey had no allies and half of the population died from smallpox, defending became difficult.
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