Negative Impact Of Hernan Cortes

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- Hernan Cortes was born on 1485, in Medellìn, Spain. His father was a captain in the Spanish army. His parents wanted him to become a lawyer and sent him to school so he could study law, when he was fourteen. But Cortes wasn't interested in becoming a lawyer so 2 years later he returned home when he was sixteen years old.

“Cortes had heard of Christopher Columbus' discoveries in the new world. He wanted to travel and see new lands like Christopher Columbus.” He also wanted to make fortune and fame like Christopher Columbus did.

- Cortes had sailed for the New World in 1504. He arrived on the island of Hispaniola at the city of Santo Domingo. “In 1511, Cortes joined Diego Velazquez on an expedition to Cuba. When Velazquez conquered Cuba,
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If you look at when Hernan Cortes conquered what is now Mexico and he claimed it for Spain the natives lost there culture and he treated them unfairly because they weren’t a part of Spain. “It meant that they were exploited for their labor and generally treated quite badly. In short, we can see Cortes as the symbol of imperialism and colonialism that destroyed the native way of life in Mexico.” From the native’s point of view Cortes was bad and impacted them in a negative way like they were outcasts. It shows that he treated people badly, in other words anyone who wasn’t up to his level or anyone who wasn’t from Spain. He liked Columbus because he had Gold and glory but not the natives because they weren’t form Spain or up to his level. Indigenous population thinks that Cortes impact was a negative impact because he killed the leader took control and changed the countries name and was aggressive towards the people there. But in his defense he wanted money and he wanted glory so when you want those stuff you become greedy and you force yourself to kill and people weren’t aware that it wasn’t his intension is was his intention but he became like that because he wanted money and glory he started to kill and burn ships down. Because of this people had a negative impact from him any country he wanted to control or take over he would kill that’s why there was a negative impact. Well if we look at the Spanish Conquest then we have to look at many things first of all did he kill a lot of people or no? He killed THOUSANDS. “Tenochtitlan was one of the largest cities in the world and has a population of several hundred thousand. There was another million people or so living in the areas surrounding Tenochtitlan!” To the native he was obviously a villain in their eyes because he wiped out and completely killed all the natives there and created another civilization. The areas/villages around there the people thought he was a

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