Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of the Aztec Empire

Tour curated by: The HistoricalMX Team

In 1519, Spanish explorer Hernan Cortés left Cuba looking for riches in the islands to the west. What he found was one of the greatest civilizations on earth, the Aztec Empire. This tour features sites on Cortés's route to Tenochtitlan and the conquest of the Aztec Empire.

Locations for Tour

Hernán Cortés often gets all the credit for the fall of the Aztec Empire. However, it’s important to remember those closest to Cortés as he gained his glory; He heavily relied on men to fight for him and Malintzin, a woman, to speak for him. In…

In 1485, Hernán Cortés was born in the small town of Medellín, Spain. He pursued law for a time until he became interested in colonization. One of his first experiences with colonization came when he embarked for Hispaniola in 1504. In 1511,…

Templo Mayor, Spanish for Great Temple, is located in the middle of Mexico City. It is believed that the Mexica called the Templo Mayor Hueyteocalli. Originally Templo Mayor was located in the center of the great plaza of Tenochtitlan. The site was…