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Who Were More Savage And Who Were More Civil Between The Spanish Conquistadors And The Aztecs?

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There is a question that has been on many, many minds for years. This question is "Who was more savage and who was more civil between the Spanish Conquistadors and the Aztecs?" This question was created in the Age of Exploration when the Spanish and the Aztecs met and clashed, with the Spanish ultimately winning the war. There are an innumerable amount of reasons for why either of them could be more civil or savage. For me, this decision is extremely hard because I found myself going back and forth. After lots of thought and research, I've made my decision and I believe that the Spanish are more savage and the Aztecs are more civil.

"How did the Spanish and the Aztecs get involved with each other?" You may ask. It all started with the Spanish conquest against the Aztec Empire in 1518. Hernan Cortes, a Spanish explorer, and 600 of his soldiers set sail for Mexico, where he hoped to find great riches and land he could claim for Spain. They invaded Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire and were surprisingly, warmly and graciously welcomed with open arms by the Aztecs and their leader, Montezuma II. The Spanish were treated like royalty because the Aztecs believed they were gods. The Aztecs were completely unaware that the Spanish were there to steal riches because the Aztec Empire was at the peak of its rich and glorious culture. They has the 3 G's, also known as God, gold, and glory. The Spanish took all the treasure they could find. They also planned on destroying the Aztec Temples and turning the Indians who worked for the Aztecs into Roman Catholics like themselves. After courteous initial meetings between the Aztecs and the Spanish, the new relationship deteriorated rapidly. Cortes took Montezuma prisoner in his own city and Montezuma was later killed. Within two years, Cortes decimated the Aztec Empire and gained control of all of Tenochtitlan, and many of its surrounding territories.
The whole Spanish Conquest was entirely, awfully savage. People believed that the Spanish ending the Aztec religion was advantageous. When their indigenous Aztec allies thought they were being saved from their oppressors, they surely thought that the Spanish were good and civil people. Although the fact that they vanquished the Aztecs was seen as a very helpful event to many, the Spanish Conquistadors were still more savage than the Aztecs. Including the Spanish Conquest, there are many other reasons for why the Spanish were more savage. The Spanish had one goal before they set foot in Mexico and that was to conquer other empires and strip them of their riches. They craved...

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