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Two of the javelins in Granado Espada are named after famous Spanish conquistadors, namely Cortes and Pizarro.


Hernán Cortés (1485-1557) was a Spanish conquistador who brought about the fall of the Aztec empire and seized large portions of mainland Mexico. When news of the New World discovered by Columbus reached Spain, Cortés was becoming ready to sail to the New World.

In November 1519, Cortés and his men were peacefully received by the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II in the island city of Tenochtitlan. The emperor gave lavish gifts in gold to the Spaniards which enticed them to plunder. In his letters to Charles V, Cortés claimed to have learned at this point that he was considered by the Aztecs to be either an emissary of the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl or the god himself. Eventually, Moctezuma II was taken hostage to assure security against the increasing Aztec animosity. Eventually ravaged by the Smallpox epidemic, the Aztec empire fell to the siege of the Spaniards and the Aztec's enemies in 1521.

Cortés was then appointed governor of the newly conquered territory. He initiated the construction of Mexico City, destroyed the Aztec temples and legacy. He also supported efforts to evangelize the indigenous people to Christianity, sponsored new explorations, and imported African slaves to colonial Mexico. After several trips back to Spain to address political concerns, Cortés decided to return to Mexico, but he died a wealthy but embittered man in Seville.


Source: Wikipedia

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