The main aim of the formula was to ensure that Spain took over a region, peacefully if possible but violently if necessary.
Step 2: After landing in a new region, the Spanish would try to meet
peacefully with the first groups of Indigenous peoples they
Step 3: The Spanish would invite the leader of the most powerful group to
a meeting to exchange gifts. Then the Spanish would seize the
leader and threaten to kill him unless his followers obeyed their
orders. ( example – Spanish troops capture Moctezuma and loot
gold from the royal places)
Step 4: If they did have to fight, the Spanish would try to do so on open
Step 5: The leader of the expedition would remain as governor of the new
country. His motive for going to Mexico was to get gold.
If you were an Aztec person, imagine what you would have noticed about Cortes and his small Spanish army…….
How did 400 Spanish conquistadors defeat an Aztec army of hundreds of thousands of warriors? The factors that were most important in explaining the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs were: