Cortes was born in Spain, 1485. Was parents were well known because his father was a military leader. His parents wanted him to become a lawyer when he grew up.
Cortes left lawyer school at the age of 16. He had heard of the riches of the new world and he wanted to explore to find gold.
Cortes arrived at the cantata peninsula with 500 men and 11 ships. Cortes was welcomed by the people. His goal was to invade the capital of the Aztecs and conquer them. After many declined attempts to see the king he decided that he was going to march in on the capital.
Will you make an alliance with me?
Cortes and his men conquered the Aztec ruler Montezuma, and cortex ascended the throne.