Hernando Cortés

Hernando Cortés

by Jim Whiting
     
 
The Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés is a very controversial figure. To some people, he was heroic. Even though he was greatly outnumbered, he was able to defeat the Aztec Emperor Montezuma and conquer the Aztec empire because of his personal courage and leadership abilities. The Aztec empire was centered in modern-day Mexico. Its religion was based on human

Overview

The Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés is a very controversial figure. To some people, he was heroic. Even though he was greatly outnumbered, he was able to defeat the Aztec Emperor Montezuma and conquer the Aztec empire because of his personal courage and leadership abilities. The Aztec empire was centered in modern-day Mexico. Its religion was based on human sacrifice. Cortés replaced it with Christianity.

To others, including many Mexicans, he was a villain because he destroyed the Aztecs' way of life. They believed he was a cruel man. He was also a symbol of Spanish domination. When Mexico became independent from Spain in 1821, its people tried to remove their memories of him.

Either way, one thing is certain. Hernando Cortés was one of the most influential figures in the history of the New World.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584154495
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Series:
Profiles in American History Ser.
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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