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Today in Latin American History

Conquistadors Massacred Aztec Nobles During a Festival in 1520

Conquistadors Massacred Aztec Nobles During a Festival in 1520

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Today in Latin American history, conquistadors attacked a traditional festival, slaughtering hundreds of unarmed Aztec nobles in 1520.

Spanish conquistadors had a tentative hold on Tenochtitlan, now called Mexico City, Aztec nobles asked Pedro de Alvarado for permission to hold a traditional festival, and he permitted it.

According to Alvartado, the Aztecs were planning a rebellion, and according to the Aztecs, Alvarado and his men wanted the golden jewelry they wore.

In any case, Alvarado ordered his men to attack the festival, resulting in the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Aztec nobles.

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