The Conquest Beginning

The Conquest Beginning

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  • The first contact between the Aztecs and the Spaniards  resulted in a show of power, with canons and horses by the spaniards. The aztec envoys were left impressed and brought news of the seemingly divine foreigners to Moctezuma
  • Wow! Could this be Moctezuma??
  • The Envoys were amazed at the divine foreigners whom they called "teules", their arrival coincided with the mythical return of the god Quetzacaotl, so the envoys gave them substantial gifts of gold, jewels and clothes to satisfy them
  • WOW! Look at all these riches, now i must conquer these lands!
  • Before continuing his expedition, Cortes had to tie up some loose ends. Aware that he had broken laws by disobeying the governer of Cuba and leaving without permission, he decided to found Villa Rica de la Veracruz and assumed the title of Chief Justice and Captain General.
  • Now Diego Velazquez cannot prosecute me! I am my own leader.
  • Dang he sneaky
  • On the way to Tenochtitlan, the Spaniards witnessed the abuse suffered by the peoples who paid the Aztecs tribute. When they arrived in Campeola, the fat chieftan gave them supplies, and information in exchange for military protection.
  • This showed Cortes that many tribes hated
  • Cortes and his men followed the routes made by Cordoba and Grijalva. When they reached Tabasco, they had some clashes with the Maya chieftans there but after the spanish defeated them, they were rewarded with food, gold and wome, one of which was la malinche
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