Cortés, cancel your imminent journey to Central America!
Diego Velzaquez, Hernan Cortés' superior, ordered him to cancel a voyage because he felt threatened by his power.
Hey maybe I could just not do that?
Cortés ignored Velzaquez's order and traveled to Mexico anyway. He reached the Yucatan Peninsula in 1519, where he docked his eleven ships.
Lucky for Cortés, he arrived at a time when the locals believed that the god Quetzalcoatl was returning from the sea to his people.
Why is he European?
The sea god!
Welcome! You must be the sea god, so I will assist you blindly!
The Aztec emperor, Montezuma, gladly welcomed the explorer's arrival.
Sweet! My crew's going to capture you now.
Do you speak Spanish? And would you like to grab dinner sometime?
Cortés got help from a local woman, Dona Maria, who was his translator and later became his mistress.
While retreating from Tenochtitlan, the Spanish were met by Aztec warriors at Otumba. Though the Spanish were outnumbered, the spread of disease among the Aztecs and the Spanish weapons and cavalry allowed them to prevail.