Sailed for the Spanish (1518-1521)
In 1518, Cortes was put in charge of exploring the interior of Mexico for colonization by the Spanish. At the last moment, Cortes was told that he no longer had the charter to sail to Mexico. However, Cortes ignored these orders and sailed anyway. He sailed with eleven ships, five hundred men, thirteen horses, and a multitude of cannons. In March of 1519, Cortes claimed the land for the Spanish empire. As he made his way through the land, Cortes hired more soldiers and acquired more horses for his group. He then won a battle against the Native Americans of the area in Tabasco.