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God, Gold, and Glory

The conquistadors were mercenaries lead by Cortez set out to conquer land in search for gold and treasures. They came across what was called 'Aztlan' with the intent to search and seize. Aztlan was populated by a significant amount of Aztecs. The war was difficult due to the difference of soldiers with only 300 conquistadors. Ruining the city and killing several Aztecs, Cortez and his men fled unaware that they left a disease know as Smallpox. Without the proper defenses against this disease, it widely spread killing 9 out of 10 people. It gradually took over the city weakening the Aztecs. Eighteen months after Cortez left, he returned. By that time it was almost simple to take over. The city was destroyed and in the hands of Cortez.

The film "God, Gold, and Glory" was a History Channel documentary. It was based on factual events that occurred during Cortez's conquest of Aztlan, now know as Mexico. Information came from the perspective of several historians of which only one was a female. To illustrate and describe these occurrences a heavily accented gentleman narrated pictures and drawings.

Various situations could have affected the outcome of Mexico today. Cortez was wanted by the Spaniards for the act of treason. If they had strongly acted upon this and captured him it would have left the conquistadors without a leader. Who knows what path they might have followed. Another pivotal event was the disease that plagued the city, Smallpox. If it was contained when first introduced there would have been fewer tragedies providing the Aztecs with more soldiers to defend their city. One key factor to this war was the girl that translated for them. The question as to why she did that puzzles me. If she hadn't betrayed her kind, the conquistadors would not have the proper communication and withheld the information they gained.

This movie stated that Cortez was doing an act for Catholicism powered by God. That

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