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Cortés shrewdly persuaded the vanquished warriors to affix his develop at the hated Aztecs. Cortés’s soldier-adventurers, known as conquistadores, acquired no pay; they have been army marketers keen to chance their lives for a proportion within the anticipated plunder and slaves. to avoid any males from deserting, Cortés had The Spanish Empire • 29 the ships burned, sparing one vessel to hold the predicted gold again to Spain. The approximately 200-mile march of Cortés’s military from Veracruz via tricky mountain passes to the Aztec capital took approximately 3 months. Cortés used to be some of the most audacious figures in international heritage. together with his small military, the thirty-four-year-old adventurer brashly got down to overcome the opulent Aztec Empire, which prolonged from relevant Mexico to what's this day Guatemala. The Aztecs—their such a lot exact identify is Mexica—were a once-nomadic those who had wandered south from northern Mexico and settled within the significant highlands within the fourteenth century. On marshy islands at the west facet of Lake Tetzcoco, the location of present-day Mexico urban, they equipped Tenochtitlán, a blinding capital urban ruled through towering stone temples, large paved avenues, thriving markets, and a few 70,000 adobe huts. by means of 1519, while the Spanish landed at the Mexican coast, the Aztecs have been probably the most strong civilizations on this planet. As their empire had accelerated throughout important and southern Mexico, they'd built complex city societies, subtle criminal platforms, medical farming strategies, together with irrigated fields and engineering marvels, and a sophisticated political constitution. via THE AZTECS Aztec sacrifices to the gods well known for army prowess, Aztecs might catch after which sacrifice their enemies. 30 • THE COLLISION OF CULTURES (CH. 1) 1519, their arts have been flourishing; their structure used to be remarkable. Aztec rulers have been invested with godlike characteristics, and nobles, clergymen, and warrior-heroes ruled the social hierarchy. Like such a lot agricultural peoples, the Aztecs founded their non secular ideals at the cosmic forces of nature. the various Aztec gods have been aligned with common forces—the sunlight, the sky, water, wind, fire—and the gods without end struggled with each other for supremacy. Like such a lot Mesoamericans, the Aztecs on a regular basis provided human sacrifices—captives, slaves, girls, and children—to please the gods and to advertise rain, permit strong harvests, and make sure victory in conflict. The Aztecs extensively utilized the non secular legal responsibility to provide sacrifices as a way of justifying their relentless imperial attacks opposed to different tribes. Prisoners of conflict in giant numbers have been wanted as sacrificial choices. In tricky weekly rituals at temples and within the streets, Aztec monks used stone knives to chop out the thrashing hearts of dwell sufferers. via the early 16th century as many as 10,000 humans a yr have been sacrificed at various destinations throughout Mesoamerica. The Spanish have been aghast at this “most horrid and abominable custom,” however it is necessary to recollect that sixteenth-century Europeans additionally carried out public torture and executions of the main ghastly sort—beheadings, burnings, hangings.

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