Hernán Cortés

-Spanish Conquistador-

Hernan Cortes Biography

Señor Cortés Biography

Señor Cortes was born in 1485 in Medellín, Spain. He grew up in Spain and sailed for Spain on all of his expeditions. Cortés commanded his first expedition in 1518. At first the expedition was canceled but he ignored the order and went on anyways. He arrived at Mexico in 1519 and became friends with some of the natives and used some of them to conquer Mexico. He marched to the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, and took hostage the ruler Montezuma while his soldiers raided the city. Cortés left the city when he heard of Spanish troops coming to arrest him for disobeying orders. He returned and defeated the Aztecs in 1521 then was appointed governor of New Spain. In 1524 he traveled to Honduras to stop a rebellion against him. When he returned to Mexico he found that he was removed from power. He went back to Spain to plead for his position back but was denied. In 1540 he retired to Spain and then died in 1547.

More Information About Hernán Cortés

Cortés traveled from around 1518-1540. He did not discover anything new on his journeys. His most amazing feat and accomplishment was conquering the Aztecs. He was a mercurial and restless person but a energetic and ambitious leader. One of the reasons he went on the voyages was because he was interested in the new world and wanted to explore. By going on these voyages he became responsible for the fall of the Aztecs. By taking over the Aztecs he also gained power and became the governor of New Spain.

Aztec Battle Reenactment

Saturday, March 19th, 11am

702 Greenbriar Drive

Friendswood, TX

Between the ages of 10-15? Love stabbing people? Want to know more about how the Aztecs empire fell? We've got just the thing for you! Come to the high school at 11:00 am to join us in a reenactment of when the Aztecs got conquered by Hernán Cortés.