Hernando Cortez

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This image depicts the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes (Cortez).  It is based on an engraving by 19th-century artist William Holl (from a picture in the Florence Gallery).  It was published by Charles Knight.

Cortes explored Mexico where he was cruel to the indigenous people.  At first the Aztec leader, Montazuma, believed that Cortes was a god.  He soon learned otherwise.

Cortes discovered - and named - California.

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Image online, courtesy the U.S. Library of Congress.  LC-USZ62-3351.



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