Hernando Cortés

Hernando Cortés

by Jim Whiting

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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 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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Night of Sorrows     7
FYInfo: The Aztecs     11
Chapter 2
A Nobody Becomes a Somebody     13
FYInfo: The Maya     19
Chapter 3
The Halls of Montezuma     21
FYInfo: The Narvaez Expedition to Florida     27
Chapter 4
Taking Tenochtitlan     29
FYInfo: The History of Mexico City     33
Chapter 5
On to California     35
FYI: The Queen of California     42
Chapter Notes     43
Chronology     44
Timeline in History     45
Further Reading     46
For Young Adults     46
Works Consulted     46
On the Internet     46
Glossary     47
Index     48

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