Born in Medellin, Spain, he was a Spanish Conquistador who conquered most of Central America. He also gave Spain three-hundred years of control over Mexico. Cortez started exploring in the early 1500’s. He explored to find riches and conquered by being observant of the natives. With a small army, he conquered the Aztec Empire. Cortez went to the university in Salamanca, Spain. He attended the university to study Latin and Law. Unfortunately, Cortez completed only two years of school. He returned to his family in Medellin, Spain. However, life became boring for him. Nevertheless, Christopher Columbus inspired Cortez to explore the New World. Finally, Cortez was able to explore the New World.
Cortez sailed on a ship to Santo Domingo, Hispaniola in 1504. He received land in Hispaniola. He cultivated the land for about seven years. Finally, Cortez first adventure was in 1511. He met a rich landowner named Diego Velazquez. Velazquez led a mission to conquer Cuba. Cortez joined forces with Velazquez. This mission was a success. Velazquez became the Governor of Cuba. Cortez received land and slaves. Cortez became wealthy. He owned a large home and a thriving ranch. He had a new wife but still craved for excitement in his life. He continued to have adventure on his mind. Francisco Fernandez de Cordoba a Spanish explorer was searching for slaves. Unfortunately, the captain landed in a different place. This explorer had landed on the Yucatan Peninsula. This peninsula had cities built of stone. The native people wore bright colored clothing and appeared to be highly civilized. This was the first developed society the Spaniards had found in the New World. The captain h...
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...o search for riches in New Spain. He sent several expeditions through Northwestern Mexico, but they found nothing. These expeditions were unsuccessful. He went into debt after the expensive expeditions. Determined to continue his exploring, he decided to ask King Charles I for help. Cortez went to Spain in 1540, but the king was at war in Algiers. Cortez volunteered to serve in the war in 1541. Later, Hernando Cortez became ill. He died on December 2, 1547 in Seville, Spain. Cortez contributed a lot to the New World. He introduced Spain to Mexico. He showed his bravery and conquered the Aztec Empire. Through his cleverness and wits, he joined native and Spanish culture together. Cortez has helped to establish the Mexican culture that lives today. He was one of the most courageous leaders from Spain. In his honor, a memorial stands of Cortez in Medellin, Spain.
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