Trial day 3

Trial day 3 - TheFreeWorldvs.HernanCortes:Indictment...

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The Free World vs. Hernan Cortes: Indictment  Proceedings Day 3 of the Trial Judge – “Court is now in session. This is the third day of the Trial. Does the Prosecution wish to redirect towards Sahagun?” Prosecutor – “Yes, Your Honor” Judge – “Raise your left hand and put your right hand on the book. Repeat: do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you coach Maldonado?” Fray Bernardino de Sahagun – “Yes, I do.” Prosecutor’s re-questioning: Yes I did hear rumors about last time at Cholua but it was from the soldiers not the natives So therefore I did not hear from the natives about them attacking the Spaniards Yes I testified that I was no in the room when they killed Moctezuma but I know the Spaniards stabbed him to death because I was near by when I saw them coming out of the room Prosecutor – “Not further questions, Your Honor. Prosecution rests Your Honor” Judge – “(to defense) you may call your first witness” Defense – “We wish to call Captain General Hernan Cortes, Your Honor.” Judge – “Raise your left hand and put your right hand on the book. Repeat: do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you coach Maldonado?” Hernan Cortez – “Yes, I do” Defense’s questioning 1518 – appointed general to the expedition for the mainland in the Caribbean by Diego Velasquez de Cuellar The initial purpose of the expedition was exploration, discovery, and the conversion of the Christian religion Many of the soldiers that signed up on the expedition were experienced and were interested in this expedition for fortune, fame, and riches
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When I was in Spain, Velasquez made it very clear to me that he had no interest in conquest and colonization and he said it in the contract And also in the contract it said I was to take whatever actions I wanted to for the best interest in God and the King Yes, all my actions were in the boundaries of the contract The contract in a way did not matter any longer However it also mattered because if we were to explore further inland and into the unknown of the Americas and the potentially hostile terrains then we needed the coastal base to fall back on Stared to find settlements for Spain at the site where we were currently camped And it was called Vera Cruz and then all my men voted me the governor of Vera Cruz I was legally no longer under Velasquez’s authority All my decisions were voted on by all my soldiers And Fray Bernardino de Sahagun claimed to be on the expedition with me but in reality he was not there at the time of my expedition with me. I think he was in Spain
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