Guatemala expeditions

Hernán Cortés: Conquering the Aztecs

Hernán Cortés was a Spanish conquistador who is best known for his expedition to Mexico, where he led the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Cortés began his expedition to Mexico in February 1519, with a force of around 600 men, including soldiers, sailors, and indigenous allies. He landed on the coast of Mexico and began to move inland, where he encountered the Aztec Empire. He was able to make alliances with some of the indigenous peoples he encountered, who were unhappy with Aztec rule, and used them to help him defeat the Aztecs. During his expedition, he passed through the isthmus of Panama, Central America, and El Salvador. He encountered indigenous people in El Salvador and other parts of Central America, but he didn't stay long and he didn't conquer any territories in El Salvador. His goal was to reach Mexico. Cortés arrived in Mexico in November 1519, and quickly began to make inroads against the Aztecs. He was able to capture the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521 and bringing an end to the Aztec Empire. Cortés's expedition was one of the most important events in the history of the Americas, as it marked the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the New World and the end of Aztec civilization.

📅 Duration

From 1519 A.D. to 1521 A.D.

🤠 Explorers

📍 Route

Hernán Cortés: Conquering the Aztecs expedition route

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