The Fall Of The Aztec State: How The Aztecs Suffered And Spain Prevailed
The Fall of the Aztec State: How the Aztecs Suffered and Spain Prevailed
A beautiful and highly successful state of living was put into turmoil, and consequently changed drastically, due to an initial drive for more power, more control, more land, and more money. This desire, of course, is no new occurrence, but in fact a major reason for the majority of wars in history. One place that underwent the grilling experience resulting from these desires was the Aztecan state of early Mexico. There in the Aztecan State occurred a tremendous conquering of the Aztecs by the Spaniards, with the main battling occurring in the years of 1519-1521. This conquest followed others by the Spaniards of the same area, and their greed provoked more and more expeditions into the new world, thus finally arriving at the Aztecan capital, Tenochtitlan. This was not a random expedition that was geared to find new but unknown discoveries; rather, it was geared to overtake wealth and material possessions already known to exist, for the leader of the Spanish conquistadores, Fernando CortÃ©s, was obviously aware of the stories of gold found deep in the Aztec country. After all, an excuse that he used in order to meet with the emperor of the Aztecs, Moctezuma, was that the "Spaniards had a disease of the heart that could be cured only by gold (Meyer, 98). There in Tenochtitlan, a city found to be extremely rich and economically productive, as described by CortÃ©s in his letters (CortÃ©s, 102-113), the Spaniards' invasion promoted war between themselves and the Aztecs, eventually leading to the vast destruction of the beautiful city.
The reasons are not few for why the Spaniards enjoyed such evident success in their conquest against the Aztecan State. Many causes were well thought out, others circumstances of history of their own empire (religion, past conquests), others purely personal drive by greed and self-indulgence, and others were