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In 1518 he persuaded Velazquez, who had beco1me governor of Cuba, to give him the command of an expedition to Mexico. The mainland had been discovered the year before by the Spanish soldier and explorer Francisco Fernandez de Cordoba and subsequently by Juan de Grijalva, nephew of Velazquez. On February 19, 1519, Cortes, with a force of some 600 men, fewer than 20 horses, and 10 field pieces, set sail from Cuba, despite the cancellation of his commission by Velazquez, who had become suspicious that Cortes, once in a position to establish himself independently, would refuse to recognize his authority...
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Cortes sailed along the coast of Yucatan and in March 1519 landed in Mexico, subjugating the town of Tabasco; the artillery of the Spaniards, the ships, and particularly the horses filled the natives with awe. From the natives of Tabasco Cortes learned of the Aztec Empire and its ruler, Montezuma II...
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