"He was a source of trouble, to his parents as well as to himself, for he was restless, haughty, mischievous, and given to quarreling, for which reason he decided to seek his fortune." pg. 241
Cortes was born in Spain to a family that was noble but not wealthy. In 1504 he took passage on a ship that was bound for the colonies in the West Indies.
Hernan Cortes Ch. 4, 1504
Francisco Pizarro Ch. 4, 1526
Francisco Pizarro took place in military campaigns at a young age. Pizarro went on a journey to the Inca Empire, seeking gold. Pizarro and his companions were greeted by men and women wearing gold.
It was a daring plan- so daring the people of Panama called Pizarro and his companions "the company of lunatics." pg. 247
Montezuma 1466-1520, Ch. 4
"What does he want of me now? I neither desire to hear him, nor to live any longer, since my unhappy fate has reduced me to this situation on his account." pg. 246
Montezuma II, also spelled Moctezuma, was the Aztec emperor from 1501 to 1520 when he died
Bernal Diaz del Castillo 1495-1584, Ch. 4
Castillo was a conquistador. He accompanied Cortes in Mexico. After fifty years he wrote a book entitled 'The True History of the Conquest of Mexico.'
Diaz gives his account of the death of the Aztec emperor Montezuma. pg. 246
Huascar 1531, Ch. 4
Huascar and his brother Atahualpa battled for years over who would be the new emperor. After Atahualpa won, Huascar was thrown in prison. In exchange for his freedom, Huascar told the Spaniards he would give them enough gold to fill the room.
Each son believed he should be the next ruler. pg. 248
Atahualpa wore an emerald collar and a golden robe. He held a shield of gold with the image of the sun god. pg. 249
After Atahualpa became the emperor, Pizarro returned. The Spanish soldiers acted friendly, but they quickly turned on him seeking the gold they desired once more. They captured Atahualpa, and later on executed him.