Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 2

The coat of arms awarded to Cortés
The coat of arms awarded to Cortés

In part 2 of series, Cortés forges an alliance with a discontented people, and establishes the first European settlement in New Spain – Vera Cruz. Also, he encounters the first emissaries of the Aztec Empire, who offer the Spanish a large bribe to leave their lands. Instead, Cortés becomes determined to travel to the heart of the Aztec Empire – Tenochtitlan – and meet their ruler – Montezuma.

Below, Cortés scuttles his fleet so his men are not tempted to return to Cuba (By AlejandroLinaresGarcia – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7924717)

Below is a map of Cortés route into Mexico.

Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico

In part one of our series, Hernán Cortés organizes and leads an army to Mexico to seek out the rich lands to the west. He does all of this despite a confrontation with the governor of Cuba, Diego Velázquez.

In Mexico, the Spanish will find something they never imagined – the Aztec Empire.

Below is a map of Cortés’ route to Mexico in 1519.