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  2. Hernan Cortes | Expeditions, Biography, & Facts | Britannica

    Hernan Cortes, Spanish conquistador who overthrew the Aztec empire (1519–21) and won Mexico for the crown of Spain. The key to his conquests lay in the political crisis within the Aztec empire; Cortes was able to leverage the resentment of many of the subject peoples who had to pay tribute to the Aztecs.

  3. Hernán Cortés - Wikipediaán_Cortés

    Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, 1st Marquess of the Valley of Oaxaca (/ k ɔːr ˈ t ɛ s /; Spanish: [eɾˈnaŋ koɾˈtes ðe monˈroj i piˈθaro altamiˈɾano]; December 1485 – December 2, 1547) was a Spanish conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of what is ...

  4. Hernán Cortés - Biography, Facts & Accomplishments - HISTORY

    Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés (c. 1485-1547) is best known for conquering the Aztecs and claiming Mexico on behalf of Spain. Cortés (full name Don Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro ...

  5. Hernán Cortés - World History Encyclopedia

    Hernán Cortés (1485-1547) was a Spanish conquistador who led the conquest of the Aztec Empire in Mexico from 1519. Taking the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521, Cortés plundered Mesoamerica as he became the first ruler of the new colony of New Spain.

  6. Hernán Cortés - Facts, Quotes & Route - Biography

    Who Was Hernán Cortés? Born around 1485, Hernán Cortés was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who defeated the Aztecs and claimed Mexico for Spain. He first set sail to the New World at the ...

  7. Hernán Cortés summary | Britannica

    Hernán Cortés, later marqués del Valle de Oaxaca, (born 1485, Medellín, near Mérida, Extremadura, Castile—died Dec. 2, 1547, Castilleja de la Cuesta, near Sevilla), Spanish conquistador who won Mexico for Spain. Cortés left Spain for the New World in 1504, joining Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (b. 1465—d. 1524) in the conquest of Cuba ...

  8. How Hernán Cortés Conquered the Aztec Empire | HISTORY

    Hernándo Cortés, Spanish conquistador who conquered Mexico, with Moctezuma II, last Aztec emperor, 1519. Hernándo Cortés formed part of Spain’s initial colonization efforts in the Americas.