Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 8

Part 8 is the wrap up of this amazing series.

We look at the aftermath of the siege of Tenochtitlan, cover the rest of Cortés’ life, and do a review of the lives of some of the key players in the series.

We will wrap with some thoughts on Cortés and the fall of the Aztec Empire.

“The Martyrdom of Cuauhtémoc”, a 19th-century painting by Leandro Izaguirre

Resources

There is a lot of information on Cortés and the Aztec Empire. Below are some of the key sources that used for the podcast.

Conquistador, Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs by Buddy Levy.

Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire from Columbus to Magellan by Hugh Thomas.

Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas.

When Montezuma met Cortes: The True Story of the meeting that Changed History by Matthew Restall. This offers some of the radical rethinking of the fall of the Aztec Empire – and is thus controversial in the eyes of some.

Letters of Cortes, Vol. 1 by Hernan Cortes.

Letters of Cortes, Vol. 2 by Hernan Cortes.

Florentine Codex by Bernardino de Sahagún.

The Memoirs of Conquistador Bernal Diaz Del Castillo by Bernal Diaz.

Wikipedia links

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.