History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is. — Thomas Jefferson

Hernando Cortez

(Cortes)

1485–1540
Civilization: Hispanic — Castile
   Field of Renown:  explorer — Mexico
Era:  Mexico

Conquistador who landed in Mexico with a small army, and allied with local tribes, conquered the Empire of the Aztecs.

Other Resources


Story Links
Book Links
Hernando Cortez  in  A Child's History of Spain  by  John Bonner
Spaniards Conquer Mexico  in  America First—100 Stories from Our History  by  Lawton B. Evans
Beautiful City of the Floating Islands  in  The Men Who Found America  by  Frederick Winthrop Hutchinson
Cortes Conquers the Aztec Empire  in  The Story of Mexico  by  Charles Morris
Early Days of a Famous Cavalier  in  Historical Tales: Spanish American  by  Charles Morris
Famous Retreat of Cortez  in  Historical Tales: Spanish American  by  Charles Morris
The Conquest of Mexico  in  A Short History of Mexico  by  Arthur Howard Noll
Voyage of Hernando Cortez  in  Young Folks' History of Mexico  by  Frederick A. Ober
Montezuma  in  Brave Men and Brave Deeds  by  M. B. Synge
Finding of Mexico  in  The Discovery of New Worlds  by  M. B. Synge
Cortes Explores and Conquers Mexico  in  A Book of Discovery  by  M. B. Synge


Image Links


Cortez in Battle
 in Famous Men of Modern Times
Hernando cortes
Hernando cortes
 in Back Matter

The kind King Montezuma wanted peace, and said that he would give the Spaniards more gold if they would only go back to their own country.
 in The Men Who Found America

Portrait of Cortes
 in Mexico

He fought boldly in the front rank
 in Mexico

The whole army knelt in the mud and confessed their sins
 in Mexico

'There is our mark! Follow and support me!'
 in Mexico

Cortes and his men at the gap
 in Mexico

You will deal with me, Malintzin, as you list.'
 in Mexico

They knelt on the rocky track
 in Stories from the Crusades

Cortes and his men on the hills overlooking the Mexican capital
 in The Story of Mexico

Hernando Cortes
 in The Story of Mexico

Cortes at the Battle of Otumba
 in The Story of Mexico

Cortez
 in Young Folks' History of Mexico

Meeting of Cortez and Montezuma
 in Young Folks' History of Mexico

Hernando CortÚs
 in Hernando Cortes Conqueror of Mexico

Hernando Cortez
 in Builders of Our Country: Book I

Montezuma's Appeal
 in Brave Men and Brave Deeds

Hernando Cortes, conqueror of Mexico
 in A Book of Discovery