Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 4

Montezuma

In part 4 of our series on Hernán Cortés, the Spanish march into Tenochtitlan – the Aztec capital. In doing so, Cortés will come face-to-face with the legendary Montezuma.

Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 3

A painting from Diego Muñoz Camargo’s History of Tlaxcala, circa 1585, showing La Malinche and Cortés.

In part three of our series on Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico, the Spanish march west, encountering resistance from the independent Tlaxcalan people, as well as confronting possible treachery in the city of Cholula. The episode will wrap with Cortes and his army heading into the Valley of Mexico – the location of Tenochtitlan – the Aztec capital and the home of Emperor Montezuma.

 

This map above shows shows the route Cortés and his army took from the east coast to the Valley of Mexico in the summer and fall of 1519.

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.

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.