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By Lynn V. Foster

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He learned soldiering from his father, who had fought at Granada. At the age of 18 he was on his way to fight in the Italian wars, but when he heard of Columbus’s discovery, he headed for Seville instead. Delayed nearly a year by an injury from an amorous escapade in which he fell from a window, he sailed for the New World in 1504—along with other penniless nobles, debtors, and criminals. On reaching the island colonies, Cortés discovered, like so many others, how meager the prospects really were for wealth.

Cities gradually stopped erecting monuments and an increasing number were abandoned. Some were surrounded by defensive walls. After the year 909, not a single ruler is proclaimed anywhere in the long count calendar. The Maya continued to thrive in northern Yucatán, parts of Belize and highland Guatemala—all regions where they live today—but not in the southern lowlands. By the time of the Spanish conquest, the southern lowlands had reverted to tropical rain forest, and the Classic period cities of stone, once so numerous, were hidden under the jungle growth.

The conquistadores were mostly foot soldiers and sailors, a few were crossbowmen, carpenters, and artillery officers. There was also a chaplain and four other priests, a doctor, a few women housekeepers, so it is said, and hundreds of slaves (a few from Africa, the majority from Cuba). The conquistadores were predominantly poor, young, and Spanish—although others joined, a few Portuguese, African freemen, and Italians among them. All were hellbent on making their fortune in the name of God and country.

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