The Defeat of Tenochtitlan
Pedro de Alvaro
…along with other black
soldiers, helped the Spaniards
How weresuch amazing feats possible?
•The strength of the
Spanish military and
•The moral and political
decaying of the Mexica
at the time of the
• In order for a Spanish Conquistador
to be able to participate in exploration,
discovery, colonization, and conquest
of the Americas, the explorer had to
prove his worth as an explorer. This
was a very extensive process.
• They were expected to submit royal
documents (cartas or relationes)to the
king as a proof of merit (probanza de
• Carta: letters
• Relationes: accounts
• Black and Native elites also could
petition for these positions by
representation in the judicial system
(as they were also part of the
Conquistadors of the Americas
PedrodeAlvaro: Chiapas& Guatemala
•Pedro de Alvarado
•Pedro Gonzalez Najera
• Jorge de Alvarado
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