By Levy, Buddy; Emperor of Mexico Montezuma II; Cortés, Hernán
In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived at the shorelines of Mexico with a roughshod staff of adventurers and the rationale to extend the Spanish empire. alongside the way in which, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to transform the local population to Catholicism and hold off a fortune in gold. In Tenochtitlán, the town of desires, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of a posh and sophisticated civilization with fifteen million humans, and commander of the main robust army computing device within the Americas. but in under years, Cortés defeated the total Aztec kingdom in a single of the main surprising army campaigns ever waged. occasionally outnumbered thousands-to-one, Cortés many times beat probably most unlikely odds. during this publication the writer researches the combo of crafty, braveness, brutality, superstition, and eventually illness that enabled Cortés and his males to survive.--From writer description. Read more...
summary: In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived at the beaches of Mexico with a roughshod team of adventurers and the reason to extend the Spanish empire. alongside the best way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to transform the local population to Catholicism and hold off a fortune in gold. In Tenochtitlán, the town of desires, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of a fancy and complicated civilization with fifteen million humans, and commander of the main robust army computer within the Americas. but in under years, Cortés defeated the total Aztec state in a single of the main outstanding army campaigns ever waged. occasionally outnumbered thousands-to-one, Cortés many times beat probably most unlikely odds. during this publication the writer researches the combo of crafty, braveness, brutality, superstition, and eventually disorder that enabled Cortés and his males to survive.--From writer description
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11 Cortés took the opportunity to see if the Virgin Mary and cross were still affixed at the temple, which to his pleasure they were. The repairs complete, the stores of provisions dried and reloaded, the weaponry properly maintained, the fleet prepared to set sail once more. It was March 12, a Sunday. Cortés requested that mass be held before they depart. That done, the expeditionary force readied to board—but just then they spotted the outline of a canoe heading toward them from the mainland, paddling furiously.
Alarming as this fear seemed, Cortés pressed, offering more of the green glass beads that the islanders appeared to covet, and the chiefs acquiesced. Cortés dispatched several men, along with his captain and friend Juan de Escalante, in a brigantine. 6 While he awaited news from this reconnaissance, Cortés scouted his hosts’ island. He noted well-built houses, orderly and neat, and other evidence of a complex civilization, including their “books,” elaborate series of drawings on stretched bark.
Almost immediately distress shouts came from Juan de Escalante’s brigantine; the vessel hove to and then ignited its cannon, signaling that it was imperiled. It was leaking badly, and the pilot feared it would not make the crossing. Escalante’s ship carried the bulk of the expedition’s important stores of cassava bread, which had been packed in Cuba, so Cortés decided to turn around and sail back to Cozumel, where they might repair the ship in friendly environs. For several days, with the help of the islanders, Cortés’s carpenters caulked the leaks.