Cortez 1A

Many of the ‘younger brothers’ of the great Spanish explorers, like Columbus, also decided to make their fortune in the New World.  Many of them knew Columbus and also each other.  There were almost like a club of explorers!  One of the most important was Hernán Cortés.  After living a while in Columbus’s town Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Cortés took 500 soldiers and landed near now what is Veracruz, Mexico.  He burned his ships so his men could not leave him.