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Fall of Tenochtitlan

Fall of Tenochtitlan

The siege of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, was a decisive event in the Spanish conquest of Mexico. It occurred in 1521 following extensive manipulation of local factions and exploitation of preexisting divisions by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who was aided by the support of his indigenous allies and his interpreter and companion Malinche. Although numerous battles were fought between the Aztec Empire and the Spanish-led coalition, which was itself composed primarily of indigenous personnel, it was the siege of Tenochtitlan—its outcome probably largely determined by the effects of a smallpox epidemic —that directly led to the downfall of the Aztec ... more on Wikipedia

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