Hernan Cortes
  • Hernan Cortes was a Spanish explorer who is famous mainly for his march across Mexico and his conquering of the Aztec empire in Mexico.

  • In 1519, Cortes led a group of soldiers to Mexico.

  • Cortes's ships carried horses, weapons, and more than 500 conquistadors.

  • When they landed in Mexico, Cortes met the enemies of the Aztecs. He convinced them to join him to defeat the Aztecs.

  • When Cortes and his men arrived at the Aztec capital, the Aztec ruler, Moctezuma, welcomed him, but Cortes wanted gold and put Moctezuma in prison.

  • Cortes and his men defeated the Aztec army and Cortes soon controlled the entire empire.

  • Because of his conquests, and all the gold and jewels he had collected, Cortes was very popular back home in Spain and so he was made governor and captain general of New Spain in 1523.

  • In 1536, Cortes explored the northwestern part of Mexico and discovered the Baja California peninsula.
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By: Rohit & T.J.

Sources: www.library.thinkquest.org, and social studies textbook.

Kate and Kaniya

Cortes was born in Medillon,Spain in 1485.

Cortes was sent to the University of Salamanca to study Law when he was 14 years old. He attended school for about two years before focusing on exploring the world.

1504 he arrived in Santo Domingo and set up a colony.Cortes.jpg

Cortes got married to Catalina Xuares a spanish lady . They had 5 kids.

Cortes was a conqestador . A conqestador is a spanish explorer .

1518 he set out to conquer Mexico with 11 ships,500 men , 13 horses and a small number of cannons.

1519 he joined forces with Geronimo Aguilar to claim the Yucatan peninsula for Spain.

Cortes conqored the Aztecs with 9 diseases .

He conqored them because he found out they had gold .

After his first wife's death he married to Dona Juana de Zuniga .

From this marriage he had 4 kids .
Cortes died in 1947 of pleurisy. He was buried at the oldest hospital in North America.

Sources:textbook ,wikipedia and www.aztec-history.com