Spanish Invasion Of The Aztecs

  • Jun 1, 1519

    Tlaxcalans attack the Spanish

    This is important because the Tlaxcalans were enemies of the Aztecs.
  • Jun 28, 1519

    Tlaxcalans form alliance with the Spanish

    This is important because (once again) the Aztecs and Tlazcalans are enemies.
  • Nov 8, 1519

    Moctezuma and Cortes meet

    Cortes said that he comes in peace. Moctezuma treated him as if he was a god when they met.
  • Nov 15, 1519

    Cortes takes Moctezuma hostage

  • May 1, 1520

    The Spanish massacre thousands of Aztecs while preparing for their religous festival

    This is important because many people were killed, Alvarado and his men massacred the unarmed worshippers.
  • May 31, 1520

    The Spanish retreat after the Spanish gather arms.

    The Aztecs were outraged at the killing of there priests and nobles. The Aztecs fought so harshly that the Spanish had to retreat.
  • Jun 1, 1520

    Moctezuma dies

    Cortes ordered Moctezuma to speak to his people to persuade them to let the Spanish return in peace. Moctezuma was seriously hurt by stones thrown at him, he died few days later.
  • Jun 30, 1520

    The Spanish attempt to escape from Tenochtitlan but are stopped by the Aztecs - later known as the Noche Triste

    The Aztecs caught the Spanish trying to get away in the night, but attacked them from all directions.
  • Nov 1, 1520

    The Aztecs begin to die from smallpox

    The Aztecs started getting sick from this disease the Europeans brought. The Europeans had immunity to this disease, as for the Aztecs it was newly exposed leaving them volnerable.
  • Dec 20, 1520

    The Aztecs form a second attack on the now weakened Aztecs

    Cortez returned with allies, Aztecs were greatly out numbered.
  • Aug 1, 1521

    The last group of Aztecs surrender.

    The Spanish blocked all water sources. The Aztecs that survived had died from contaminated drinking water.
  • Apr 27, 1522

    Cortes becomes governer and general of new spain

    The Spanish destroyed the city. Within three years he became governer and general.