Humanity's Evolution

A story of humanity's highs and lows, and what's its headed for it stays on its present course.


4. August 13, 1521

Hernán Cortés, a distant relative of the knight Englebert, was fighting for his life at Tenochtitlan against the Aztecs. He somewhat pitied the Aztecs. Their feather shields and spears were no match for Spanish guns and steel. As a bonus, they caught several bad European diseases never before seen in the Americas. Because of that, they had no time to build up an immune system, and quickly succumbed to them.

Cortés set the main gate on fire, and entered the city with his men. Aztec warriors were cut down like dolls. The carnage was terrifying, revealing the true nature of Man. The conquistadors made their way toward the city palace.  Cuauhtémoc, the king, was watching this happen while servants dressed him in his battle armor. Cuauhtémoc grabbed his spear and wooden shield, and slowly walked outside.

The king found Cortés in the crowd and looked him in the eye. A bullet whizzed past the king's head and hit his servant in the head. Cuauhtémoc didn't flinch. He wiped sweat off his brow and charged into battle, taking down three Spanish soldiers before Cortés kicked him to the ground. The Aztec king was defeated. Tenochtitlan was the Spanish's.

According to historical documents, Cuauhtémoc was caught fleeing the newly named Mexico City in disguise with his family and friends. He gave Cortés his knife, asking the Spaniard to kill him. Cortés refused, saying to the Aztec:

"You have defended your capital like a brave warrior. A Spaniard knows how to respect valor, even in an enemy."

Cuauhtémoc kept the title of king, but actually held no power. That went to Cortés. The Aztec king lived to 1525.

As the Spanish conquistador walked in his new city, he was unsure of what to do. But he would think of something.

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