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In a German priest, Martin Luther, was distributing his pamphlet explaining his conflict with the Vatican. It was in September that year that Spain sent Ferdinand Magellan and his five ships starting on an expedition heading west across the Atlantic and around South America heading for the spice islands of Indonesia, a voyage that in three years would circumnavigate the world.
He won presents from local people, including twenty women, one of whom became his mistress and interpreter. He founded the town of Villa Rica de las Vera Cruz Veracruzand he was selected by its town council as its chief military and judicial officer, establishing his independence from Spanish authority on Santo Domingo.
He was mindful that success against the Aztecs depended on making allies with the enemies of the Aztecs. He benefited from Tweedles - Howard McGhee - The Return Of Howard McGhee, light cannon, steel swords and horses. With new allies he fought the independent republic of Tlaxcalawho were also enemies of the Aztecs, and, after initial skirmishes, Tlaxcala became his ally.
He and his fellow Spaniards were astounded by the size and beauty of Tenochtitlan, a city surrounded by water. Crowds of Aztecs came in their canoes to see the white gods and their supernatural animals.
Moctezuma arrived in a sedan chair and treated the Spaniards as his guests. He gave them use of one of his castles and entertained them for a week.
He received from Moctezuma gold and other presents, men and women slaves and the passivity of the Aztec nation. The Spanish began driving Aztec priests from their temples and replacing stone images with a cross and the image of the Virgin Mary. Many Aztec nobles were killed. People were outraged, and to calm the anger the Spanish displayed Moctezuma on the palace roof.
Apparently by now Triumph - Never Surrender Aztecs had acquired a new vision of Spaniards, and they saw Moctezuma as a traitor.
They threw stones, and Moctezuma soon died of his wounds. About half of his force died, some of the Spaniards losing their life because they had overloaded themselves with precious metal. They surrounded the city and cut its outside supply of fresh water and food. They attacked the city on rafts supporting cannon, and in the city they fought block by block.
The people of Tenochtitlan fought without guns, and they were suffering from smallpox, against which they had no immunity — unlike the Spaniards. Five-sixths of Tenochtitlan was destroyed. Surviving Bali Hai - Cortez And His New Latin - Cortez And His New Latin abandoned the corpse-ridden and disease-infested city, and what was left of the city was burned. Cuautemac would be executed inending the line of Aztec kings. He saw his authority as absolute and would be described as "Not greedy of territory but most greedy of peace and quiet.
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He argued that he had contributed more than the one-fifth of wealth gathered in Mexico that was required of him.
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