By: Miguel Cardenas<br />Indian Conquistadors <br />
Mesoamerican Conquistadors in the 16thcentury<br />Hernancortes led the conquistadors into the Aztec empire.<br />Aztecs were certain ethnic groups of central Mexico.<br />Montezuma (their king) believed Cortez was the reincarnation of their god Quetzalcoatl. <br />Quetzalcoatl (also Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli) (quetzal-feathered serpent) was the creator god and patron of rulership, priests and merchants. Associated with Ehecatl as the divine wind <br />Cortes’ conquests were only as successful as they came to be because of the help from disease, more advanced weaponry, and because he obtained very large armies.<br />The natives also worked in the Spaniards favor greatly.<br />
Native Help and support <br />The native people also helped conquer their own people.<br />The conquistadors made the conquest possible but indiantribes contributed warriors to the Spanish armies.<br />Up to 40,000 indigenous warriors took part in battle for the Spanish.<br />The natives served the Spanish by guiding them around, translating, scouting, spying,cooking, porting and they were used as messengers. <br />Porters were the ones that carried sick and wounded from the battle field and during marches. <br />The Spanish took all the credit for the conquest but it would have never been possible without the support and help from the native Indians.<br />The natives took care of all the sick and wounded.<br />The Spaniard’s native allies outnumbered their main force at about 5:1 or more.<br />The Spanish also took some native soldiers to other countries to help conquer. <br />
Cortes’s Pattern of Conquest <br />Cortez’s conquest strategy composed of repeating the same thing over and over.<br />When Cortez conquered a new city he would use it as a spring board for his next attack.<br />He would then pray on the local people and intimidate them to keep them under his control.<br />
Fading of Believes <br />The idea of the Spanish conquest in America was that the Spaniards had completely overpowered the natives without help from anyone.<br />This idea was popular but it began to fade when questions were asked and there were no satisfactory answers.<br />The new idea is that it was from disease, native disunity, and metal weapons that helped the Spaniards conquer the Americas.<br />
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