Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 6

Cuauhtémoc – the last emperor of the Aztecs

In the wake of his defeat at Tenochtitlan, Cortés has to fend off the Aztecs at the Battle of Otumba.

He must then consolidate his forces, and plot his return to the Valley of Mexico.

Meanwhile, smallpox ravages the Aztec Empire – and brings a new emperor – Cuauhtémoc.

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.