How Did Cortes Contribute To The Defeat Of The Aztecs

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Register to read the introduction… The Aztecs were a harsh and cruel empire. The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice, which caused them to be feared by others (Cornale,2). Many of the sacrificed people were captured from neighboring Indian tribes. Cortes really did not like the thought of human sacrifice (Livescience). This was a reason that helped him make allies with other Indian tribes. The other Indian tribes supported Cortes and his men by helping them fight the Aztecs. This helped Cortes and his men defeat the Aztecs because it increased their number of men to fight against the large Aztec army. Also, a woman named Malinche helped Cortes and his men defeat the Aztec empire. Malinche was an Aztec slave who was given to Cortes after he conquered the Mayans (Cornale,2). Malinche was very important for Cortes. She helped to translate the native languages for Cortes. She actually helped Cortez gain Indian allies. She discussed and created deals with other Indian tribes, so the tribes would help Cortes and his men. If Malinche had not helped Cortez, then he would have never been able to communicate with anyone and the Aztecs may have conquered the Spaniards. The Native Americans helped Cortes and his men to defeat the Aztec

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