The spanish invasion of the aztecs

  • Feb 5, 1519

    Cortes sails for mexico from cuba

    This was im portant becasue it showed cortes determination to explore mexico.
  • Aug 17, 1519

    tlaxcalans attack the spanish

    Cortes was able to hold them off with their guns. The Tlaxcalans were enemies of the aztecs but they didnt want to be under spanish control.
  • Aug 18, 1519

    tlaxcalans form an alliance with the spanish

    joined to defeate the aztecs.
  • Nov 8, 1519

    moctezuma and cortes meet for the first time

    cortes was determind to conquor the empire for his king, his god and for richs no matter how many live were lost
  • Nov 17, 1519

    cortes take moctezuma hostage

    Cortes waited for the oppertunity to take capture of moctezuma. he did this about a week after his arival and following this evant he repraced large idols in the temples with ithe cross of the catholic church
  • May 8, 1520

    The spanich massacured thousands of aztecs while preparing for their religous ceremony.

    aztecs began preparations for their main annual festival honorring their god huitzilopochtli. many preists and warriors and nobles gathered at the courtyard of the main temple. alvarado and his men surrounded the courtyard and killed all the unarmed worshippers.
  • May 8, 1520

    the spanish retreat after the aztecs gather arms

    The aztecs were outraged at the killing of there priests and nobles. the aztecs fought so ferociously that the spanish had to retreat.
  • May 27, 1520

    moctezuma dies

    cortes returned to tenochtitlan. his men were trapped but cortes managed to reach the palace where they were staying. cortes ordered moctezuma to speak to his people to persuade them to let the spanish return in peace. moctezuma was jeered and seriously hurt by stones thrown at him he died few day later.
  • Jun 10, 1520

    The spanish attempted to escape from tenochtitlan but are stopped by aztecs -later referred to as the Noche Triste

    tried to make their way to the coat in the middle of the night but the aztec found them trying to cross the causeways and attacked the spanish from all directions even with canoes in the water.
  • Jul 25, 1520

    The aztecs begin to die from smallpoxs

    The aztecs began getting sick from smallpox which were brought by the europeans which have built immunity to the disease. Many europeans carrried the disease but did not suffer from it but the aztecs were newly exposed to this disease leaving them volnerable.
  • Jun 21, 1521

    This spanish form a second attack on the now weakened aztecs.

    Cortes returned with his allies. aztecs had no allies so they were greatly out numbered. And with half the aztec population already dead from smallpox it made the war much easier for the spanish.
  • Aug 13, 1521

    The last group of aztecs surrender

    the spanish had blocked all water sorces to tenochtitlan. survivors of the plaque had died from contaminated drinking water and hungar
  • Apr 18, 1522

    cortes becomes governor and captain-general of New Spain

    The spanish destroyed the city and set fire to everything so no one could hide they filled cause ways with ruble so no one could escape by boat. and less than three years of cortes's arival on the shore he became governor and captain-general of what used to be tenochtitlan