Today in Latin American History
Aztec King Cuauhtémoc was Executed by Cortés’s forces in 1525
Today in Latin American history, the Aztec king Cuauhtémoc was executed by Hernán Cortés’s forces in 1525.
Hernán Cortés was marching on Tenochtitlán and Cuauhtémoc defended the city through a four-month siege.
When the city fell, Cuauhtémoc was captured by the Spanish.
He was tortured to reveal the location of Aztec gold but he refused to speak.
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- Today in LatAm history, Mexican writer José Vasconcelos who was the father of the “indigenismo” philosophy was born in 1882
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian scientist Peter Medawar who won the 1960 Nobel Prize was born in 1915
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Diego Ribas da Cunha who plays for the National team & VfL Wolfsburg was born in 1985