Aztec accounts of the event, compiled by Miguel Leon-Portillo shortly after and published as The Broken Spears, claim that Moctezuma (also Montezuma) believed Cortes was a god. He traveled to Honduras in 1524 to stop a rebellion against him in the area. Explorer and conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean. A tower was made of skulls too numerous to count. His mistress, Marina, was a great help in this endeavor and succeeded in convincing Montezuma to cooperate fully. "At its height in the 16th century, the Inca Empire spanned modern-day Peru, as well as parts of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile. He came from a lesser noble family in Spain. India, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, proved to be the most successful champion in defending the countries of Europe, which were collectively referred to as. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! Thank you! “Our Lord, you are weary. in 1547, where he died of dysentery and pleurisy at the age of 62 on DECEMBER 2, 1547. were moved more than eight times back and forth across the Atlantic. heard this remark he said to the Padre de la Merced who was present: ... 'It is a good opportunity, father, as we have good material at hand, to explain through our interpreters matters touching our holy faith'. But how does this compare to what the historical record tells us? "We told them we were Christians and worshiped one true and only God, named Jesus Christ, who suffered death and passion to save us, and we told them that a cross (when they asked why we worshiped it) was a sign of the other Cross on which our Lord God was crucified for our salvation; ... and that the death and passion which he suffered was for the salvation of the whole human race, which was lost, and that this our God rose on the third day and is now in heaven. He joined an expedition of Cuba led by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in 1511. He marched to Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital and home to ruler Montezuma II. Radiocarbon dating indicated that the remains are from around 1450 A.D., a time when Huanchaquito-Las Llamas was part of the Chimu culture. Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. and mentioned the structure in contemporary accounts. ", a Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf Coast, became. After being invited into the royal palace, Cortés took Montezuma hostage and his soldiers plundered the city. ordered his ships sunk. He visited the coast of Yucatán and in March 1519 landed at Tabasco in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche with 500 soldiers, 100 sailors, and 16 horses. Montezuma showed Cortés and his men their temples. By some accounts, Cortés then had all his ships destroyed except one, which he sent back to Spain. who held beneath his sway many and great princes, having heard of him and what a great prince he was, had sent us to these parts to see him, and to beg them to become Christians, the same as, and all of us, so that his soul and those of all his vassals might be saved. wanted to better the condition of Indians. Known to the Spanish as La Noche Triste, or “the Night of Sadness,” many soldiers drowned in Lake Texcoco when the vessel carrying them and Aztec treasures hoarded by Cortés sank. Cortés had heard of the Aztecs and knew that they, and their leader Montezuma II, were a primary force in Mexico. Born around 1485, Hernán Cortés was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who defeated the Aztecs and claimed Mexico for Spain. Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes created one of the world's greatest literary masterpieces, 'Don Quixote,' in the early 1600s. On August 13, 1878, Kate Bionda, a restaurant owner, dies of yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee, after a man who had escaped a quarantined steamboat visited her restaurant. Please consider a Donation to support American Minute! This was to be his last major expedition. landed in this country, there was in one of the ships. 30 June 1520: Spaniards flee Tenochtitlan. "In April 2018, the remains of more than 140 children and over 200 llamas or alpacas were found at a 15th-century ritual sacrifice site at nearby Huanchaquito-Las Llamas. All Rights Reserved. troops were shocked by similar gruesome sights, such as: pyramid style temples covered with human blood; bodies of men and boys without arms or legs; hundreds of thousands of human skulls arranged in piles; gnawed human bones piled in houses and streets; wooden houses built with grates jammed with captives awaiting sacrifice; pagan priests -- whose hair was matted with dried blood, the stench of carrion, sodomy; and. American Minute is a registered trademark of William J. Federer. The Spanish conquistador led an expedition to Honduras in 1524 and in 1528 returned to Spain to see the king. Martin Luther began the Reformation in 1517, and two years later, on the other side of the world, 34-year-old. In fact, the story of the song more, Shortly after midnight on this day in 1961, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.

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