Hernando Cortes

Military Leader and Explorer

Biography

Hernan Cortes is a famous Spanish conquistador that explored between the years of (1504-1547). He was born in 1485 in Medellin, Spain. When he was 19 years old he made the decision to set sail to the New World under the Spanish rule. Cortes later joined an expedition in 1511, where he then helped colonize Cuba. But later in 1519, he ignored orders, and set off to explore Mexico with 500 men and 11 ships. After a few years, in 1921, he was able to defeat the Aztecs by attacking their capital city of Tenochtitlan and destroying their civilization. Even while being outnumbered. He also won large portions of Mexico and brought them together under the rule of the Spanish king. In 1924 he later went to Honduras to stop a rebellion against him, and in 1940 he went back to Spain to retire. Living seven more years until he died in 1547.

10 Interesting Facts About Cortes


  1. He was usually not referred to by the name of Hernan during his lifetime, his real name was Hernando
  2. Hernan Cortes is a distant cousin of Francisco Pizarro
  3. His knowledge of law proved useful in justifying his unauthorized conquest
  4. He missed his first chance to travel to the New World due to adultery
  5. He assisted Diego Velazquez in the Spanish conquest of Cuba
  6. His expedition to Mexico was unauthorized
  7. Cortes used divide and rule strategy to conqueror Mexico
  8. Most people actually considered Cortes as a cruel, brutal, greedy, and hostile leader
  9. In 1523 Cortes officially became the Governor of New Spain
  10. His powers were diminished later

About Me

I was born in 1485, in Medellin, Spain.

Currently Married

Love to travel and be in control

Hernando Cortes

Tuesday, Dec. 2nd 1547 at 5pm

Atlantic Ocean

I have a meeting with death to die of pleurisy.