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Hernando Cortes

The life and times of Cortes

Sean Moynihan

on 22 September 2010

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HERNANDO CORTES A biography of his life. By: Sean Moynihan Early life To the new americas journey's end His Journey Arriving in Mexico Conquering Mexico took more than two years. He fought under Governor Diego Velazques in a Cuban expedition in 1511. Governor Velazques selected him to lead an expedition to the Yucatan in 1518. He had been given an interpreter from the Mayans as a peace offering. Her name was Malinche. In August 1519, he marched towards Tenochtitlan, which was the capital of the Aztec empire. He was attacked by warriors from the city as he he and his troops advanced. He was born in Medellin, which was inside the province of Extremadura, Spain. His parents sent him to Spain to study law and become a lawyer, but his attitude prevented him from passing any classes. He returned home to unhappy parents. Hernando Cortes Hernando died on December 2, 1547 of a disease called pleurisy. Pleurisy occurs when the double membrane lining the chest cavity becomes inflamed. He built Mexico City over the fallen city of Tenochtitlan. He supported efforts to convert the natives to Christianity. (obviously) Pleurisy is a disease where the double membrane surronding the chest cavity becomes inflamed and can be fatal. It causes sharp pain when the diseased takes a breathe. He moved to Santo Domingo in the West Indies in 1504. He strategically made associations with tribe leaders. Tenochtitlan formed an alliance with three neighboring cities and bullied the smaller cities into paying taxes. He had made many enemies in the political section of Spain by disobeying orders. He received the title Marques del Valle de Oaxaca in 1528. King Charles I of Spain appointed him Governor and Captain General of the newly conquered land. Pleurisy occurs when the double membrane surronding the chest cavity becomes inflamed. It causes the diseased sharp pain when they take a breath. Panfilo de Narvaez was sent by Velaquez to arrest Hernando for disobeying orders. Velaquez cancelled his mission to Yucatan, but Hernando sailed on anyways with five hundred men and eleven ships. Hernando left his city to challenge Panfilo's expedition. Hernando easily captured Panfilo and pursuaded his troops to join him. Bibliography Townsend, Camilla. "Cortes, Hernan" World Book, Volume 4, 2006: 1072-1073
Elizabethan Era. "Hernando Cortes" Hernando Cortes. May 16, 2005. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk>
American School of Lima. "Hernando Cortes" Hernando Cortes. <http://.www.amersol.du.pe/es/grade3/geography/HernandoCortes.asp>
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