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Spanish Conquers the Aztec Empire (04:56)


Imagine if the Aztec Nation thrived into the 20th Century. Three Landmark events influenced the fall of the civilization: Hernán Cortés sails for the Yucatan, is saved by the crew, and tortures Cuauhtémoc. The governor grows suspicious of Cortés' intentions.

Memory of Humanity (03:23)

Human beings have a thirst for discovery and exploration. Cortés turns into a conquistador and realizes the King of Spain will only forgive him if he returns with wealth for the crown. The Amerindians offer La Malinche as a slave.

Aztec Empire (03:55)

All conquered tribes must worship Huitzilopochtli, the god of war and lord of the sun. The Aztecs sacrifice men by tearing out their beating heart. Learn about the architecture of Tenochtitlan.

Cortés Arrives at Tenochtitlan (03:30)

Moctezuma II offers the Spaniard's hospitality. Cortés takes the emperor hostage. On Noche Triste, the conquistadors abandon the city; half of the men die.

Turning Point in History (03:43)

If the conquistadors did not leave Tenochtitlan, the Aztec empire could have continued to exist in modern times. The Amerindians unite with the Spaniards to attack the capital. Cuauhtémoc is captured.

Kill and Conquer (05:43)

Aztecs fighting tactics and equipment led to the destruction of its empire. Christian missionaries arrived to convert the Amerindians. Cholera, smallpox, and indigenous diseases ravage the population.

Credits: The Aztec Empire and Spanish Conquest (00:47)

Credits: The Aztec Empire and Spanish Conquest

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The Aztec Empire and Spanish Conquest

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On April 23, 1519, Hernán Cortés lands in the Yucatan with the intention of bringing the Aztec Empire to heel and seizing all the wealth of the territory. But he has a paltry force at his command: fewer than 600 men and some horses. On September 2, things get worse: several thousand Talaxcaltecs, traditional enemies of the Aztecs, confront him, ready to do battle. Horses are a totally unknown animal for the Talaxcaltecs, and when the battle commences, the Indians panic at the sight of them. Cortés exploits this psychological advantage and, against all expectations, wins the battle. Better still, he manages to rally the Talaxcaltecs to his cause. Strengthened by these unexpected reinforcements, Cortés advances to Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, and besieges it. After three months of intense fighting, he takes the city on August 13, 1521. Mexico has fallen into the hands of Spain.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL145611

ISBN: 978-1-64198-878-0

Copyright date: ©2017

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