American Revolution

As Spain began to develop new colonies, they would violently exploit the natives of the land. The "new world" posed new opportunities. For the Spanish these opportunities were gold and wealth.

Hernando Cortez was the leader of the Spanish conquering of the Aztec people. He did this in the name of Emperor Charles V. Cortez sent letters to Charles describing the Aztecs as a friendly people that welcomed the Spanish to their land. "About one thousand of the principal citizens came out to meet me...all richly dressed alike according to their fashion...each one in approaching me, and before speaking, would use a ceremony which is common amongst them, putting his hand on the ground and afterwards kissing it..." (Ziegler 107) By bowing before Cortez, the Aztecs showed their respect for him. Cortez wrote to Charles telling him of all the good qualities of the Aztec people. However, he did not tell the Aztec side of the story.

"I have heard that the Mexicans are very great warriors, very brave and terrible...but my heart is not convinced. I want to see it for myself. I want to find out if you are truly that strong and



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