Governor and Captain General of New Spain
New Spain was the name of Mexico after Hernán Cortés took it over.
Born around 1485, Hernán Cortés was a Spanish Conquistador and explorer who first set sail to New World at the age of 19. Cortés later joined an expedition to Cuba. In 1518, he set off to explore Mexico. There he strategically aligned some native people against others to overthrow them. King Charles I appointed him Governor and Captain General of New Spain in 1522. Cortés died in Spain in 1547. He studied Latin for 2 years at the university of Salamanca.
- Defeated the Aztec Empire.
- Claimed Mexico for Spain.
- Appointed Governor and Captain General of New Spain
Evaluation: Impact on World in his time.
- Destroyed Aztec Empire.