It’s possible that Cortes sought to conquer the Aztecs so that he could get their wealth and silver, convert them to Christianity, gain renown, or satisfy his own avarice. Steel, sickness, organized alliances, and 16 horses were some of the advantages that the Spanish held against the Aztecs. Other advantages were firearms and armor. Why did it take so little effort to overcome the Aztecs?
What motivated Cortes to pursue conquest of the Aztecs? In addition to wanting their property and wealth, he had the intention of converting them to Christianity.