Montezuma II

Montezuma II

(c. 1466–1520)
Montezuma II was the last of the Aztec emperors, who was defeated by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1520.


When Montezuma II was born (circa 1466), the Aztec empire spread to present-day Honduras and Nicaragua. The Aztec people, however, resented the emperor's frequent demands for tribute and victims for religious sacrifice. So when Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés arrived in 1519, Montezuma saw some of his subjects turn against him. He was killed soon after, and the Aztec empire came to an end.


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