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  • Hernán Cortés, 16th century Spanish conquistador
  • Pablo Cortés, 18th century Spanish slave trader

Hernán(do) Cortés, Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca (1485–December 2, 1547) was the conquistador who became famous for leading the military expedition that initiated the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. ... Pablo Cortés was a Spanish seaman who rose to wealth through his exploits in the slave trade from 1721-1726. ...


  • Corte (disambiguation), for the judicial bodies of the Spanish-speaking Americas, and the communes in France and Italy
  • Cortes Generales ("General Courts"), usually just las Cortes, national legislative assembly of Spain
  • The term Cortes is also used for the historic assembly of the mika`n of Is`ial, and for the subnational parliaments of several of Spain's autonomous communities and various bodies from Spanish history

In the Spanish-speaking American republics, the word corte is most commonly used to designate courts of law: organs of the judiciary, not of the legislative branch. ... The Cortes Generales (Spanish for General Courts) is the legislature of Spain. ... Autonomous communities of Spain. ... Since the 19th century, the history of modern Spain has traditionally been considered to begin with the Visigoth kingdom. ...


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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Hernando Cortes (2809 words)
Cortés personally was not ungenerously rewarded, but he speedily complained of insufficient compensation to himself and his comrades.
Cortés held the country and its resources, and controlled a body of officers and men who had, in 1520, expressed to the emperor in writing their admiration for their captain, and dwelt in the strongest terms on the obligations under which his achievements had placed the mother country.
Cortés' position was gradually undermined, titles and honours were conferred upon him, but not the administrative authority he coveted.
Hernan Cortes - MSN Encarta (1118 words)
Cortés sailed along the coast of Yucatán and in March 1519 landed in Mexico, subjugating the town of Tabasco.
Cortés took numerous captives, one of whom, Malinche (baptized Marina), became his mistress; out of loyalty to him she acted as the interpreter, guide, and counselor for the Spaniards.
Some accounts say that the Aztecs may have believed Cortés was Quetzalcoatl, a legendary god-king who was light-skinned and bearded and, according to a prophecy, was expected to return from the east.
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