Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire

Spanish Conquest Of The Aztec Empire

Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire

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The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire was one of the most important campaigns in the Spanish colonization of the Americas. The invasion began in February 1519 and was acclaimed victorious on August 13, 1521, by a coalition army of Spanish conquistadors and Tlaxcalan warriors led by Hernán Cortés and Xicotencatl the Younger against the Aztec Empire.

Aztec omens for the conquest

Many accounts from the conquest of the Aztec empire are predominantly Spanish. Most primary sources of the conquest come from Hernán Cortés' letters to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Bernal Díaz's written work, The Truthful History of the Conquest of New Spain. The primary sources from the people affected as a result of the conquest are seldom observed. Indigenous accounts, however, were documented as early as 1528. Written in the native tongue of Nahuatl, the Sahugan natives of the Aztec empire described eight omens that were believed to have occurred 10 years prior to the arrival of the Spanish from the Gulf of Mexico. The eight omens included:

  1. fire falling from the sky
  2. fire consuming the temple of Huitzilopochtli,
  3. a lightning bolt destroying the straw temple of Xiuhtecuhtli,
  4. the appearance of streaking fire across the oceans,
  5. the “boiling,” and water flooding, of a lake nearby Tenochtitlan,
  6. a woman weeping in the middle of the night for them to flee while they could
  7. a two headed man running through the streets
  8. Montezuma saw images of fighting men in a mirror on his bird's......
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