Today in World History: November 8th

On the 8th of November, 1519, the fall of the Aztec Empire began. Hernàn Cortés marched into Tenochtitlán, and was greeted by the Aztec emperor Moctezuma, or Montezuma. The Emperor, mistaking Cortés for a god, held banquets for the small army now occupying his capital. He gave him large gifts of gold, which eventually prompted the swift destruction of the mighty Central American empire, another step towards the founding of Latin America and the Golden Age of Spain.

“The city is as large as Seville or Cordova; its streets, I speak of the principal ones, are very wide and straight; some of these, and all the inferior ones, are half land and half water, and are navigated by canoes.”

Hernàn Cortés


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