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Cortez 1 Running Head: Cortez Allen Brown History Pre 1877 January 17 th 2010
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Cortez 2 Before the Spaniards came to Mexico there were many premonitions which casted a vision of the coming disaster, these visions were not enough to prevent the impending overtaking of Montezuma and his Mexica Empire. Initially the new arrivers and the local natives attempted to be peaceful, trying to find similarities amongst themselves. Unhappy with the wishes of his commander and unsatisfied with the gifts in which Montezuma had offered, Hernan Cortez began his assault on the empire. Fueled by greed for power and riches, Cortez vowed to gain complete control over the entire nation, traveling community by community building his strengths as he went. Discovering a new land, the Spanish saw an opportunity to seize control of the new world, offering a place for expansion, new searching ground for precious metals and a native people who could be easily defeated and taught the ways of the Spanish. Depending on which Spanish eyes you look through, the reasons for coming to the new world and attempting to conquer it are vastly different. The Spanish leaders wanted a population in which they could influence, attempt to convert religiously, and educate in the ways of the Spanish so that the mainland empire and the abroad nation would be as one united Empire, instead of land masses divided by
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