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Hernando Cortez
(also known as: Hernán Cortés
Spanish conquistador (conqueror) of the Aztec Empire

(1485-1557)



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The city of [Tenochtitlan] is itself is as big as Seville or Cordoba... This city has many squares where trading is done and markets are held continuously... There are, in all districts of this great city, many temples or houses for their idols... Among these temples there is one, the principal one, whose great size and magnificence no human tongue could describe, for it is so large that within the precincts... a town of some five hundred inhabitants could easily be built.
-- Hernando Cortez (Hernan Cortes), 1520, speaking of the Aztec Empire


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