Trial of Hernan Cortes
Trial of Hernan Cortes:After evaluating the murder of Moctezuma II, the following conclusions are deducted. The jury ruled that Hernan Cortes was innocent in the charges of premeditated murder out of jealousy of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II. Hernan Cortes was innocent because there was the lack of murder.
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The prosecutor in his opening statement asserted that it was Hernan Cortes greed for power that resulted to the tragic death of Moctezuma II. The prosecutor referred the power as Moctezuma god-like leadership in the Aztec empire. Apparently, Hernan Cortes was a respected leader of Spanish Armies for a long period and therefore was an entrusted with his role of conquering the new world by King James V.
Hernan Cortes was innocent because there was the lack of murder. Without hard evidence connecting him and the Spanish army to the murder. Without the presentation of hard evidence and the extreme ambiguity as to what happened on the day of death of Moctezuma II and the Aztec rebellion it is unfair to consider Hernan Cortes guilty.
Cortés, Hernán, Anthony Pagden, and J H. Elliott. Letters from Mexico. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. Internet resource.
Díaz, del C. B. The True History of the Conquest of Mexico. Ann Arbor [Mich.: University Microfilms, 1966. Print.
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