Hernando Cortez

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Hernando Cortez

In social studies, we learned about explores coming to America. One of the explores was Hernando Cortez. Cortez was seeking gold and treasures. When he came upon the Aztec Indians, he conquered them and took all of their gold and treasures. The land was changed to the new capital of New Spain. Cortez was also looking for the Strait of Anian. It was a shortcut to Asia so they could trade spices and herbs. If any explorer ever found it, he would get a great amount of money. When he was looking for it, he came upon what he thought was an island, but it was a peninsula. Cortez gave the land to Spain, and it was then called Baja California.

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