Why Was Hernan Cortes Able To Conquer The Aztecs?

Why Was Hernan Cortes Able To Conquer The Aztecs?

  • What are the three primary factors that contributed most to the Spanish conquistadors’ success in capturing the huge Aztec empire?
  • Hernan Cortes was successful in his conquest of the Aztec Empire because he possessed superior and more effective weapons than the natives did (such as guns), armor, and steel.
  • Additionally, he was able to frighten the natives with his 16 horses, form alliances with other groups that were at war with the Aztec, and have 16 horses.

The Spanish were able to take control of Tenochtitlan because to their superior armament as well as a terrible outbreak of smallpox that occurred during the 93 days that Cortés’ army laid siege to the city. The triumph of Cortés brought to the fall of the Aztec empire, and the Spanish then started to cement their dominance over what would eventually become the province of New Spain.

Harold Plumb

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