Spanish Conquest of the Americas

Spanish Conquest of the Americas

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  • The Spanish land on the shore of Cuba 
  • They marched westwards towards the mountain ranges surrounding Tenochtitlan, in hearing of their powerful king, Montezuma. 
  • Cortes and the crew meets the Totonac people, who agree to help them take on the king of Tenochtitlan
  • Cortes reaches Tenochtitlan and holds Montezuma as a hostage. The other soldiers search for loot across the countryside and in the city.
  • The following year, the Spanish tried to sneak out of Tenochtitlan with lots of loot one night but were caught and put into a wild fight which they barely managed to win. Cortes came out unharmed, but presumably shocked. They would come back and try to re-take Tenochtitlan
  • The Aztecs returned to Tenochtitlan a year later and bombarded it with cannonballs. The ruins of Tenochtitlan were used to build another city on top of it, marking the end of Tenochtitlan.
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