Diego Vel��squez, the Spanish governor of Cuba, authorized Hern��n Cort��s to be commander of his 1519 expedition to Mexico. Even though Vel��squez retracted his commission, Cort��s ignored him and set sail for the Americas.Continue Reading
Vel��squez had grown suspicious of Cort��s' motives, as Cort��s was simply interested in the immense wealth that was rumored to exist in Mexico. On his arrival to the shores of Veracruz, Cort��s made local allies and established a settlement.
Even though Moctezuma, the Aztec ruler, first welcomed Cort��s to his empire, relations quickly deteriorated between the Spanish and the Aztecs when Cort��s arrested their great ruler and demanded his "gold."Learn more about Exploration & Imperialism