Cortés: Conquering the Powerful Aztec Empire

Overview

On November 8, 1519, Hern?n Cort?s entered the great Aztec city of Tenochtitl?n in present-day Mexico. The stone city had intricately structured canals, bridges, and floating gardens. However, Cort?s had not come to the city to admire its beauty. He and his Soldiers came to conquer it, and plunder its gold. In order to achieve his goal, Cort?s went to battle with Montezuma, the mighty Aztec ruler. When the bloody fighting ended, Cort?s began building a new Spanish colony that would change the course of history in...

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Overview

On November 8, 1519, Hern?n Cort?s entered the great Aztec city of Tenochtitl?n in present-day Mexico. The stone city had intricately structured canals, bridges, and floating gardens. However, Cort?s had not come to the city to admire its beauty. He and his Soldiers came to conquer it, and plunder its gold. In order to achieve his goal, Cort?s went to battle with Montezuma, the mighty Aztec ruler. When the bloody fighting ended, Cort?s began building a new Spanish colony that would change the course of history in Mexico.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Part of the "Great Explorers of the World" series, this book offers an excellent overview of the life and explorations of Hernan Cortes, including his first voyages to the New World, his conquest of the Aztec empire, and his controversial legacy in Latin America. The book traces Cortes' life from his time as a young and ambitious conquistador under the leadership of Diego Velasquez to his conquest of Mexico and defeat of Montezuma. It relates Cortes' tangled relationships with other explorers, his men, and the government he worked for. Perhaps most interestingly, Green also explores Cortes' reputation and legacy in present-day Latin America, discussing the political, social and economic repercussions of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, then and today. This is an excellent resource for middle school and high school students, providing clear and engaging information about the life and exploits of Hernan Cortes, as well as the consequences of his achievements. The book also includes detailed chapter notes, a glossary, an index, and a list of published and electronic resources. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598450996
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Great Explorers of the World Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Explorer Timeline 4

1 A Conquistador Comes of Age 6

2 A New World Calls 18

3 A Battle of Wills: Cort?s and Montezuma 34

4 "Fortune Always Favors the Bold" 52

5 The Legacy of Conquest 70

6 A Dark and Tangled History 86

Chapter Notes 99

Glossary 107

Further Reading and Internet Addresses 109

Index 110

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