The Fall Of The Aztec Empire Essay example

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Fall of Aztec Empire

For many years now, historians have pondered upon the many reasons for the fall of the Aztec Empire. There have been many factors that played into the fall of the Empire, such as the diseases plaguing the population, the Spaniard’s technological advantages, religious rivalries, alliances, and the list goes on. But to focus on two of the major contributors, this essay will focus on the effects of European diseases on Mexico, and the impact alliances between the Spaniards and the Tlaxcala people had on Tenochtitlan.

To begin our observations, we will delve into the life of a man named “Hernan Cortés”. Hernan Cortés was a Spanish Conquistador, and one of the driving forces in the fall of the Aztec Empire through the capture of Tenochtitlan and of the then leader Motecuhzoma II. Our Spaniard was born in 1485, in the years of Ferdinand and Isabella, and died in the year 1547. At the age of 14, Cortés spent time in Salamanca, unknown specifically for what purposed, but it is commonly thought it was for Latin studies and the study of law. Although he became bored and returned to his home in Medellin, he did gain a good bit of knowledge surrounding Latin and Castilian law. He was well versed with knowledge concerning the Siete Partidas, which held very solid definitions which acquainted him with concepts such as treason and tyranny. Some believe that Cortés was an acolyte in the church of Santa Maria, although some are rather hesitant to jump to the…

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