THE REAL CONQUISTADORS WERE INDIANS.
FORCES IN PRESENCE :
- AZTECS : 25 MILLIONS D’HABITANTS.
- ESPAGNOLS : 1200 SOLDIERS ET 10 CANNONS WITH THE HELP OF 25,000 TLAXCALTEQUES.
April 21, Cortes landed near the present city of Veracruz and made contact with the Totonac, people subject to the Aztecs. He understands that he can make allies among the Indians.
Cortes founded the city of Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz in May and leaves a garrison of 150 men. To avoid reverse, wrecked his ships.
On August 16, the Spaniards marched towards Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. After heavy fighting against the Tlaxcaltecs, enemies of the Aztecs, the Spaniards making a covenant with them and enters Tlaxcala September 23.
Cortés rebuilt its forces Tlaxcala. Reinforced by other conquistadors and above 25000 Tlaxcala, he besieged Tenochtitlan falls, devastated, August 13, 1521.
A handful of Spaniards dropping an empire of 25 million people and taking a city of 200,000 people? false, in reality, the final assault against Tenochtitlan is conducted by Tlaxcala Indians, twenty times more than the Spaniards.