Aztec and Spanish Conflict (pt. 2)

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  • An Unforeseen Enemy
  • After the battle, Cortes and his allies returned to Tlaxcala for five months to recover from their wounds. During that time, the Aztecs began dying from smallpox, a European disease that the Aztec has no resistance to. Because of this, half of the population of Tenochtitlan died.
  • The Final Battle
  • After recovering and regrouping, Cortes and his allies, along with Texcoco who's once an ally with the Aztec attacked Tenochtitlan. Without any allies to support them and with half of the city's population is dead, defending against the Spanish became even more difficult. The Aztec withstood the attack for 75 days.
  • On August 13, 1521, the last group of Aztec surrendered and the last huey tlatoani, Cuauhtemoc, was taken a prisoner and hanged. This marked the end of the great Aztec empire. Once the attack ended, the Spanish destroyed the city. They pulled down pyramids and temples, ripped down palaces and homes, and set houses on fire so no one could hide.
  • The Aftermath
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