Hernan Cortes (1485 – 1547) 


Cortes can be considered to represent the whole lot of conquistadors who can be considered responsible for wiping out whole civilizations. Cortes’ conquest of Mexico lead to the downfall of the Aztecs and the devastation of Mesoamerica. The story of Cortes’ arrival in the Aztec Empire and his dealings with Montezuma are almost legendary.

Cortes and his men were brutal. The native peoples of the new world were ravaged by the diseases they brought and the violence they inflicted. And unfortunately because of men like Hernan Cortes, an entire hemisphere of civilizations in the word were soon lost, diminished, or oppressed