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Hernán Cortés 1485 - 1547

 

Hernán Cortés 1485 - 1547

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Hernan Cortes. Detail from an engraving by W. Holl. Library of Congress.


 

Hernan Cortés, also spelled Cortéz, was the Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca.

Hernan was Spanish and became Spain's great conquistador. Cortes (Cortez) conquered Mexico.

He defeated the Aztec empire and turned Mexico into a Spanish dominion.

 

CORTES SHOWING MONTEZUMA WHERE HE WANTS HIS AZTECS TO BE, NAMELY GONE
CORTES SHOWING MONTEZUMA WHERE HE WANTS
HIS AZTECS TO BE, NAMELY GONE

Painting After Gallo Gallina

 

 

Here is a map of Cortes' route from Santiago de Cuba to Vera Cruz from November 1518 to April 1519:

The West Indies and Central America, 1492-1525. Inset: Watling's Island.
ROUTE OF CORTES
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And here is Cortes route from Vera Cruz to Mexico, April - November 1519.


The Conquest of Mexico 1519-1521
1519-1521 The Conquest of Mexico
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Hernán Cortés by W. Holl
Hernán Cortés by W. Holl
Library of Congress
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