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...the large army and captured Narvaez without difficulty. Following this, Cortes persuaded the army to join him. Commander Pedro de Alvarado was in charge of the Aztecs. There had been tension during Cortes absence. Alvarado allowed the people of Tenochtitlan to hold a religious festival. Then, he executed them with cannons. The Aztecs retaliated, and the Spaniards fled to their palace. When Cortes returned to the city, Aztecan soldiers had surrounded the palace. Montezuma II tried to return peace to the Aztec city. Nevertheless, the soldiers no longer listened to his orders. Unfortunately, Montezuma II was stoned to death. In June 1520, the Spaniards attempted to sneak out of the city. More than 600 Spaniards died that night. Luckily, Cortes and a small group managed to cross the lake to safety. They rested in Tlaxcala region for the remainder of the year.
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