August 13, 1521 CE – Hernan Cortes Conquers the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan

August 13, 1521 CE – Hernan Cortes Conquers the Aztec Capital of TenochtitlanRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons The most famous capital in the New World finally succumbed to Spanish conquistadors on August 13, 1521. After nearly two centuries as the center of the Aztec Empire, Tenochtitlan fell to Hernan Cortes – and would soon be destroyed in favor of a city built along the lines of European design. Once complete, the reconstructed streets and buildings would form the center of colonial government, giving rise to the most populous metropolis in the world: Mexico City. When the Aztecs arrived in the Mexico Valley around 1200 CE, the lush lakeside […]