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What is Hernan Cortes' role in history?, homework help

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Who is Hernan Cortes and what is his significant role in history? Please provide a 300-500 word essay to answer this.

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Who is Hernan Cortes and what is his significant role in history?
Hernan Cortes was a Spanish explorer and conquistador born in Medellin, Spain around
1485. Cortes defeated Mexico's Aztec empire and went on to claim the country of Mexico for
Spain, thereby advancing the latter's position in North America during the 1550s. Cortes did not
come from a prominent family. As a matter of fact, there are some reports that indicate he
studied for some time at the University of Salamanca (Levy, 2008).
Cortes left Spain in 1504 to search for fortunes in the New World. He traveled to the
island of Hispaniola and settled in the town of Azua. Cortes went on to serve as a notary for a
few years before joining a Cuban expedition in 1511 led by Diego Velazquez. While in Cuba,
Cortes served as Santiago's mayor for some time besides other roles in the civil government.
In 1518, Hernan Co...

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