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Cortés also found a Spanish man (Aguilar) who had been shipwrecked and had learned Maya.  A young Aztec woman also became acquainted with Cortés:  Malinche.  Malinche spoke Aztec and Maya.  By using these two interpreters Cortés learned much about the Aztecs and also persuaded many Indians to assist him in conquering the Aztecs.  The Aztec emperor, Moctezuma, accepted Cortés, thinking he was the god Quetzalcóatl who had returned.  Eventually the Indians revolted and Cortés was forced out of Tenochtitlán, but Moctezuma was killed.