While I am gone Pedro, you are in charge.. understood?!
Aztecs were doing a ceremonial dance to celebrate a religious holiday. Pedro thought they were attacking.
Cortes was severely injured after getting thrown rocks. They were forced out of their city, and many of Cortes’ men and horses were killed. it is known as “LA NOCHE TRISTE” because he went to sit under a tree and cried.
Smallpox was spreading and weakened the empire.
Cortes and enemies took advantage of this situation, killed the last Aztec king Cuauhtemoc. This resulted in the empire being destroyed and Mexico City was built over the ruins of Tenochtitlan.