The Aztecs had massive populations, strong empires, kingdoms and warlike traditions. With only a few hundred men, Cortes t
The Mexica seemed to be hindered by their religion. Their religious views of warfare inhibited their actions in certain ways. Preoccupations with human sacrifice caused them to seek captives rather than corpses. Also their liturgical traditions, which insisted that operations be prefaced by elaborate ceremonies only served to alert the Spaniards of attack. The Aztecs were perhaps weakened psychologically through their traditions, such as their fear of cavalry and gunfire.
wns on the Gulf of Mexico. Hence it is clear that for many native peoples in the region of Veracruz, where the first conquering Spanish landed, invasion was not so unusual. This may fare well to explain the ease with which Cortes and his men established their mainland foothold.
Religion certainly played a major part in the Conquest of Mexico. However it’s actual impact on the...