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Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlán Fell to Hernán Cortés in 1521

Today in Latin American history, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (present-day Mexico City) fell to conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1521. Though numerous battles were fought between the Aztecs and the Spanish army, it was the siege of Tenochtitlan that was the final, decisive battle that led to the downfall of the Aztec civilization and marked the end of the first phase of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. continue reading »

Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistadors Fought Their Way Out of Tenochtitlan in 1520

Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fought their way out of Tenochtitlan, Mexico in 1520. continue reading »