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please take these gifts to please your people, we are your friends.
we would like to be your allies.
join us in defeating the Aztec?
Cortes and his people came to Moctezuma's land, when they heard about cortes arrival moctezuma sent gifts and jewels. They hoped this would convince them to leave, in the gifts they sent there was clothes of the god Quetzalcoatl, they believed that if cortes wore the clothes then he was the god.
Cortes learns that he could not defeat the Aztec with only 500 men. Five months it took Cortes to get to Tenochtitlan he gathered allies. He showed off his firepower muskets and cannons.
The Tlaxalans were enemies of the Aztec and had never been conquered. In 1519 they attacked the Spanish and failed, later joined the Spanish in hopes to defeat the Aztec.
In 1519 two leaders with the same worldview would meet. No matter how many lives were lost Cortes wanted to conquer the empire for self interest. Father Diego Duran recorded history during the 16th century. Cortes waited for the right time and when it was he kidnapped Moctezuma.
Cortes stayed in Tenochtitlan for six month. Velazquez sent a message for Cortes that said he would be arrested for not following orders. Velazquez came to Tenochtitlan.
Cortes and his allies defeated the Spanish who were coming to arrest him. He ordered Moctezuma to speak to his people and tell them to let the Spanish go but he didn't Moctezuma died. Cuitlahuac was elected as the next huey tlatoani.
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