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Today in Latin American History

Aztec ruler Moctezuma Welcomed Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlán in 1519

Aztec ruler Moctezuma Welcomed Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlán in 1519

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Today in Latin American history, Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomed Hernán Cortés with a big celebration in Tenochtitlán in 1519.

Moctezuma deliberately let Cortés enter the Aztec capital, present-day Mexico City, in hopes of getting to know their weaknesses better and to crush them later.

However, excited by the lavish gifts of gold given to them by the Aztecs, Cortés soon decided to take Moctezuma as a hostage in his own palace and indirectly rule Tenochtitlán through him.

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