This year is 500th year since Hernán Cortés landing on Mexico

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Too bad I missed he exact date, but not by long hopefully. Lots of articles about this out there, such as these ones:

OPINION: Hernan Cortes, Father Of Mexico, Landed Exactly 500 Years Ago. Mexicans Are Ambivalent

The World in 2019

Universities to mark 500th anniversary of Cortes' arrival in Mexico

Mexico reckons with history as 500th anniversary of the 'Conquest’ looms

SAID IN SPANISH: Hernan Cortes, Father Of Mexico, Landed Exactly 500 Years Ago. Mexicans Are Ambivalent | Articles

500 years ago: Hernan Cortes began the conquest of Mexico with just a few hundred men - The Mazatlán Post

1519 - 2019 - Planeta.com

500th Anniversary of the Arrival of Hernan Cortés in Mexico and the founding of the city of Veracruz | Spain Stamps | Worldwide Stamps, Coins Banknotes and Accessories for Collectors | WOPA+

Hernán Cortés: Brutal conquest of the Aztec Empire

In just two years will be the quincentenary of the fall of the Aztec empire, & a decade after than will be the quincentenary of the fall of the Inca empire. Just two years ago was the quincentenary of the Protestant reformation. Lots of major anniversaries within proximity nowadays. Shows how there was lots going on at the turn of the mid-millennium & how eager Europeans were to colonize the New World. I think there’s barely another realistic historical example of how alien civilizations interacted with each other. This certainly serves as the biggest example for extraterrestrial enthusiasts.
But it’s been nearly 30 years now since the quincentenary of columbus’ voyage!
 
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Zip

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I think the story of the conquest of the Mexica is the best story in history.
 

Frank81

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Cortez can be celebrated as a man , he was exceptional in his achievements
Cortés is a good example that a man is a product of his circunstances

In the Mesoamerican environment, he became a kind of Alexander the Great, a demigod ready to perform astounding feats. When, later in the 1540's, he participated in the Mediterranean campaigns of Charles V against the Islamic powers, a truely formidable enemy, the man became a mere soldier with no remarkable achievements
 
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Cortés is a good example that a man is a product of his circunstances

In the Mesoamerican environment, he became a kind of Alexander the Great, a demigod ready to perform astounding feats. When, later in the 1540's, he participated in the Mediterranean campaigns of Charles V against the Islamic powers, a truely formidable enemy, the man became a mere soldier with no remarkable achievements
Cortes joined the Argel expedition as a mere noble volunteer, without forces under his command, and was totally ignored by Charles V. He wasn´t invited to the councils of war. When he heard the news that Charles had ordered the retreat, he asked in vain to be given a group of men, promising to take the city by himself. Maybe Charles was right dismissing Cortes experience as invalid on this kind of war, but the fact is that it wasn´t also the kind of war that Charles was used to.
 

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Cortés is a good example that a man is a product of his circunstances

In the Mesoamerican environment, he became a kind of Alexander the Great, a demigod ready to perform astounding feats. When, later in the 1540's, he participated in the Mediterranean campaigns of Charles V against the Islamic powers, a truely formidable enemy, the man became a mere soldier with no remarkable achievements
Cortes joined the Argel expedition as a mere noble volunteer, without forces under his command, and was totally ignored by Charles V. He wasn´t invited to the councils of war. When he heard the news that Charles had ordered the retreat, he asked in vain to be given a group of men, promising to take the city by himself. Maybe Charles was right dismissing Cortes experience as invalid on this kind of war, but the fact is that it wasn´t also the kind of war that Charles was used to.
What can I find online about this? I mean, about the Argel expedition, and also about Cortés involvement.
 
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Frank81

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Cortes joined the Argel expedition as a mere noble volunteer, without forces under his command, and was totally ignored by Charles V. He wasn´t invited to the councils of war. When he heard the news that Charles had ordered the retreat, he asked in vain to be given a group of men, promising to take the city by himself. Maybe Charles was right dismissing Cortes experience as invalid on this kind of war, but the fact is that it wasn´t also the kind of war that Charles was used to.
That's exactly my point. Successful heroes are the product of their circunstances, favourable ones; a genious, a great man, can't turn the events on his favour if he stop enjoying them. Cortés is the best example: confronted with two very different scenarios, his performance was totally different:

*In Mesoamerica:

-He had the ability and space to stablish his position as a leader
-He found allies inmediately
-Natives he found were naive
-His enemies were at a Neolithic technological level
-Illness played in favour of his army

*In Europe

-He had no space to gain a position as a leader
-It was impossible for him to find allies, neither between the Spanish or the Muslims
-Nobody would be tricked by him in the Mediterranean
-Muslims enjoyed world fine technological level
-The European invading army was easier prey of illness than its enemies


That's why in Mesoamerica, he could be called a god, and a mediocrity in Europe
 
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