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Spanish Conquest of Mexico
     

Spanish Conquest of Mexico

by Sylvia A. Johnson
 

Can the conquest of one city change the world? In 1519, two powerful empires—Spain and Mexica (Aztec)—were hungry for expansion in central Mexico. Led by emperor Motecuzoma II, the Mexica people had subdued their native enemies and now controlled a sprawling territory with the great city of Tenochtitlán at the center. Then the Spanish conquistador

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Can the conquest of one city change the world? In 1519, two powerful empires—Spain and Mexica (Aztec)—were hungry for expansion in central Mexico. Led by emperor Motecuzoma II, the Mexica people had subdued their native enemies and now controlled a sprawling territory with the great city of Tenochtitlán at the center. Then the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés led an attack on the Mexica empire. Although the Spaniards had horses and guns, both unknown in the Americas, the Mexica outnumbered them five hundred to one. The Spaniards had no chance of success without the help of native allies unhappy with Mexica rule. What followed was a desperate war that lasted two years, cost thousands of lives, and left Tenochtitlán in ruins. In 1521 Cortés declared Mexico a colony of New Spain. In so doing, he laid the groundwork for the expansion of European power throughout the Americas and changed the world forever. The Spanish conquest of Mexico is one of world history's pivotal moments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822590798
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Pivotal Moments in History Series
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Sylvia A. Johnson is an award-winning writer and editor. She is the author of many books for Lerner, the most recent of which are Crows (2005) and Cobras (2007) for the Nature Watch series. Sylvia is a frequent traveler to Mexico and is particularly interested in its history.

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