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Hernando Cortes

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Birthday
2, 1485
Birthplace
Medellin, Spain
Death Date
Dec 2, 1547 (62)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
2, 1485
Birthplace
Medellin, Spain
Death Date
Dec 2, 1547 (62)

About

Famed Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that decimated the Aztec Empire. He was not awarded the title of viceroy as he had hoped, but was named Marques del Valle de Oaxoaca.

Before Fame

He attended a prestigious Spanish university to fulfill his parents' hopes of him becoming a lawyer.

Trivia

He was one of the first Spanish settlers to initiate the Spanish colonization of the Americas.

Family Life

He was married to Dona Marina and he and Dona had a son named Martin Cortes, who was considered The First Mestizo.

Associated With

Like Christopher Columbus, he died a wealthy but embittered man.