Hernando Cortes Explorer By cortestime Dec 1, 1485 Cortes is born. Cortes is born in Medellin Spain Oct 27, 1504 Cortes is expelled from school. Cortes was expelled from Salamanca University which gave him the inspiration to travel. Nov 1, 1504 Cortes travels to the West Indies Cortes traveled to the West Indies where Velasques, the governer, gave him command of a fleet and sent on a voyage of discovery. Nov 27, 1511 Cortes spends years farming Cortes spends many years farming, mining and taking care of livestock. Nov 18, 1518 Cortes lands on the Mexican coast. Cortes lands on the Mexican coast and gains leadership over the Totonics and Tlaxcalans tribes. Nov 18, 1519 Cortes enters Mexico city. Montezuma the sovereign of the country welcomed him and took him as his leader. Nov 27, 1521 Cortes gains power over Mexico The emperor, emporess , the ministers and whole court were in his power. Oct 1, 1533 Cortes discovers the peninsula of California He discovers the peninsula of California but then returned to Spain. Dec 2, 1547 Cortes dies While living in Spain Cortes passes away.