|This sob does not need any introduction!|
The Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes besieged Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire on August 13, 1521, by manipulating local factions and taking advantage of internal divisions.
|Hernan Cortes captures Tlatoani Cuahtémoc|
The siege of Tenochtitlan came despite many battles fought between the Aztecs and the Spanish army to subdue the Aztec Empire. That was the final and decisive battle that led to the fall of the Aztec civilization.
Bust of Cuauhtémoc in the Zócalo, Mexico City
Tenochtitlan marked the end of the first phase of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.
Monument to Cuauhtémoc in Veracruz, Mexico.
The Spanish “conquistadors” allied with indigenous tlaxcaltecas to advance on Tenochtitlan, while the Aztecs began to see the end, tore the hearts of the 70 Spaniards captured as prisoners of war on the altar of Huitzilopochtli.
Cuāuhtemōc means "one who has descended like an eagle".
Other Aztecs fled Tlatelolco, in the Valley of Mexico, where another ethnic group inhabited the Mexica.
Cuāuhtemōc surrenders to Hernan Cortes
After taking Tenochtitlan, Hernan Cortes captures Tlatoani Cuauthémoc and forces him to report on wealth and storage sites. As Cuauthémoc did not reveal the location of treasures, not for the good or for the bad, Hernán Cortés tortured him to death. What a great conqueror… according to Spaniards!