- May 2014
Why'd the Cuban force change sides?That's not quite the same though. Spain's total population when counting not just Spain proper but also the Holy Roman Empire and Italy (and England even seeing how they were in a dynastic union thanks to Catherine of Aragon) numbered about the same population as Mexico.
Also, it was way more than 1,400. Try some 3,000 (1,400 would be the initial force of Cortés, before it got reinforced by another contingent of the same size from Cuba that was originally sent to arrest him but which came to ally with Cortés instead), who were basically mercenaries for Tlaxcalans who made up the bulk of the anti-Aztec army and even the army that invaded the Mayans.