Today in Latin American History
Aztec ruler Moctezuma Welcomed Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlán in 1519
Photo: Hernán Cortés
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican jockey Angel Cordero Jr. who won many riding titles was born in 1942
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine general Alfredo Astiz known as the “blond angel of death” was born in 1951
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Jose Offerman who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers was born in 1968
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican actress Dania Ramirez who stars in the series Devious Maids was born in 1979
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Luís Fabiano who plays for the National team & Sao Paulo FC was born in 1980