Cortes and Pizarro easily conquered the Aztecs and Incas. How far do you agree with this statement?

Topics: Aztec, Hernán Cortés, Spanish colonization of the Americas Pages: 4 (848 words) Published: November 1, 2014
Cortes and Pizarro easily conquered the Aztecs and Incas. How far do you agree with this statement?

Many people tried to conquer places in the past. Cortes and Pizarro both succeeded. Together they were the most famous conquistadors, they went barefoot and came back from their expedition multi-millionaires. They were extremely lucky which made things easier.

Cortes and Pizarro were both at the right place at the right time. For Cortes, Montezuma thought that Cortes was the God Quetzalcoatl. The legend says that Quetzalcoatl would return to Mexico in the Mayan year one Reid. By luck, Cortes arrived on the exact day that Quetzalcoatl was supposed to return. The luck Cortes had was incredible. If he did not arrived at that specific date at that specific place then the Aztecs would have killed all of them when they arrived at that coastline. The Aztecs mistook Cortes as Quetzalcoatl because of his pale skin, long beard and height. Then, Montezuma would not have given him any gold. Montezuma was then held hostage by Cortes because of his greed for more gold but Montezuma had outlived his usefulness. The Aztecs turned on their leader and Montezuma was hit by a stone and died. The new emperor chased the Spanish out of the Aztec territory. The Tlaxcalans made a pact with Cortes to fight against the Aztecs together because of the tribute system. Those conquered Aztecs hated the tribute system and that also helped Cortes. The Tlaxcalans opposed the idea of sacrificing their friends and family because the tribute system

included human sacrifice and cutting people's hearts out for the god of war.

Pizarro very lucky as well. He was of low birth an illegitimate child, born out of marriage. He was very determined to succeed and to prove to the people who bullied him they were wrong. Pizarro was illiterate, he couldn't read or write. He had the reference of Cortes' journey to mexico and how he had conquered the Aztecs. He was inspired by Cortes to journey to the...
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