The Aztec and Spanish Pt.2

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  • The First Meeting Between Cortes and Moctezuma
  • I want to make peace.
  • I will conquer this empire for the king, my god, and for riches no matter what.
  • Are you the god, Quetzalcoatl?
  • Massacre of Unarmed Aztec
  • RETREAT!
  • Noche Triste (Sorrowful Night)
  • Cortes and Moctezuma met in person for the first time. Moctezuma was still confused if Cortes was a god. Moctezuma treated the Spanish with respect but Cortes took Moctezuma hostage and deserted him.
  • An Unforeseen Enemy
  • Tension between the Aztecs and Spanish increased. During an annual festival, Alvarado and his men surrounded the courtyard and massacred the unarmed worshippers. Nobles and priests were killed. The Aztecs fought ferociously that the Spanish retreated to Cortes's palace.
  • The Final Battle
  • Moctezuma was injured from rocks that had been thrown at him and he died a few days later. Cuitlahuac was elected the new huey tlatoani. The Aztecs decided to attack in the middle of the night when the Spanish were stealing gold. The gold added weight so most of the Spanish drowned or was killed.
  • The End
  • The End! By: Kelly Zhu 802
  • The Spanish retreated to Tlaxcala to recover. Meanwhile, the Aztec were dying from smallpox that the Spanish brought over. Cuitlahuac died from smallpox but his cousin, Cuauhtémoc succeeded him.
  • Cortes returned to Tenochtitlan and launches an attack at the Aztecs. The Aztecs were also suffering from smallpox so it would be more difficult to fight against the Spanish. The Aztecs withstood the siege for 75 days but on August 13, 1521, the Aztecs surrendered. Cuauhtémoc was taken prisoner and hanged. In 1522, Cortes became the new governor and captain-general of New Spain.
  • The End
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