Hernando Cortes was a man that was born in Medellin Spain, and was born in 1485. Hernando was always rich and was born into royalty. He was a very exciting man; at the age of 19 he joined Diego Velazquez and Nicola de Ovando on their voyages to the new world. He also conquered the Aztec civilization. His father was in the military and he followed in his father’s footsteps. Hernando lived an average life, dying at the age of 62 in 1547.
Cortes being born into nobility meant that he got trained in military, horseback riding, hunting and fighting with a sword. They were also taught in the arts of history, science, religion, mathematics and being a gentleman. At the age of 14 Cortes got sent ...view middle of the document...
The Spaniards then got a lot of gold, destroyed a number of their temples and began to convert Indians to Christianity. Cortes controlled this area for many years and explored as far south as Honduras, and traveled to Lower California in 1535. After conquering Tenochtitlan he renamed in Mexico City.
After conquering Tenochtitlan he moved on to Cholula. This was the second largest city in Mexico and a religious center of the Aztecs. The Cholula people had a plan to kill Cortes in his sleep. It would have been a good plan that was until Cortes found out about their idea. He then killed around 3,000 nobles, priests, and warriors. He also burnt down some of the city.
Hernando Cortes has some other names that he periodically gets called they are Hernan and Fernando. Cortes was second cousins once removed to the famous conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who conquered the Incan empire in Peru. Cortes married the sister in law of governor Velasquez while living in Cuba. He had a child with Dona Marina, his interpreter. When Cortes was in Mexico he discovered Baja California, and the Gulf of California which used to be called the Sea of Cortes.
The following is a timeline about what events Cortes was involved in. Cortes was born on December 1, 1485. On October 27th in 1504 Cortes was expelled from the School of Salamanca University, which then gave him the opportunity to travel around the world. Also on November 1st, 1504 Cortes traveled to the West Indies where the governor gave him the leadership of a fleet and sent him on a journey to find new land and gold. The 27th of November in 1511 Cortes was a farmer. He spent many years mining, tending to livestock and farming crops. 1518 in November 18th he landed on the Mexican coast and becomes the leader of the Totonic tribe and the Tlaxcalans. One year later he invaded Tenochtitlan and captured Montezuma and took the place over. In 1521 Cortes pretty much took over all of Mexico with the minister and court in his hands. In 1533 he discovered the peninsula of California but then after that they went back to Spain. While in Spain Cortes passed away in 1547.
Here are some facts about Cortes. Cortes began exploring the Americas and conquered the Aztec empire. Cortes was born in 1485, the same year that the Catherine of Aragon was born. He was born in Medellin, Extremadura, Spain. His parents were Martin Cortes de Monroy and Catalina Pizarro Altmirano. He tried to become a lawyer but it didn’t quite work out for him. Instead he got involved in deep sea adventures and conquering worlds. Some of those journeys consisted of 2500 people and 30 ships. That was also the...