Hernán Cortés

1485 - 1547

Hernán Cortés

Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, 1st Marquess of the Valley of Oaxaca (; Spanish: [eɾˈnaŋ koɾˈtez ðe monˈroj i piˈθaro altamiˈɾano]; 1485 – December 2, 1547) was a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of what is now mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish explorers and conquistadors who began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Born in Medellín, Spain, to a family of lesser nobility, Cortés chose to pursue adventure and riches in the New World. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hernán Cortés has received more than 6,082,638 page views. His biography is available in 129 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 8th most popular explorer.

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Among explorers, Hernán Cortés ranks 8 out of 367Before him are Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Roald Amundsen, Amerigo Vespucci, and James Cook. After him are Ibn Battuta, Bartolomeu Dias, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, and Fridtjof Nansen.

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Among people born in 1485, Hernán Cortés ranks 1After him are Catherine of Aragon, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Dragut, Sebastiano del Piombo, Thomas Cromwell, Pedro de Alvarado, Clément Janequin, Johannes Bugenhagen, Balthasar Hubmaier, Joos van Cleve, and Wolf Huber. Among people deceased in 1547, Hernán Cortés ranks 2Before him is Henry VIII of England. After him are Francis I of France, Anne of Bohemia and Hungary, Sebastiano del Piombo, Pietro Bembo, Saint Cajetan, Vittoria Colonna, Pier Luigi Farnese, Duke of Parma, Hadım Suleiman Pasha, Johannes Schöner, and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Hernán Cortés ranks 11 out of 1,895Before him are Antoni Gaudí (1852), Francisco Goya (1746), Diego Velázquez (1599), Trajan (53), Francisco Franco (1892), and Miguel de Cervantes (1547). After him are Averroes (1126), Hadrian (76), Theodosius I (340), Philip II of Spain (1527), Isabella I of Castile (1451), and Ignatius of Loyola (1491).

Among EXPLORERS In Spain

Among explorers born in Spain, Hernán Cortés ranks 1After him are Francisco Pizarro (1478), Juan Sebastián Elcano (1476), Juan Ponce de León (1460), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475), Francisco de Orellana (1511), Diego de Almagro (1475), Hernando de Soto (1500), Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (1465), Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1488), Alonso de Ojeda (1466), and Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (1460).

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