Moctezuma II

1466 - 1520

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Moctezuma Xocoyotzin (c. 1466 – 29 June 1520) [moteːkʷˈsoːma ʃoːkoˈjoːtsin] modern Nahuatl pronunciation ), variant spellings include Motecuhzomatzin, Montezuma, Moteuczoma, Motecuhzoma, Motēuczōmah, Muteczuma, and referred to retroactively in European sources as Moctezuma II, was the ninth Tlatoani of Tenochtitlan and the sixth Huey Tlatoani or Emperor of the Aztec Empire, reigning from 1502 or 1503 to 1520. The first contact between the indigenous civilizations of Mesoamerica and Europeans took place during his reign, and he was killed during the initial stages of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, when conquistador Hernán Cortés and his men fought to take over the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. During his reign, the Aztec Empire reached its greatest size. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Moctezuma II has received more than 2,029,774 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Moctezuma II is the 403rd most popular politician (up from 465th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Mexico and the most popular Mexican Politician.

Moctezuma II is most famous for being the Aztec emperor who was overthrown by Hernán Cortés and the Spanish conquistadors.

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Among politicians, Moctezuma II ranks 403 out of 15,710Before him are Galerius, Leopold I of Belgium, Miklós Horthy, Orhan, William III of England, and Radovan Karadžić. After him are Mithridates VI of Pontus, Rüstem Pasha, Charles I of England, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Charles IV of France, and Mahmud I.

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Among people born in 1466, Moctezuma II ranks 2Before him is Erasmus. After him are Elizabeth of York, Andrea Doria, Quentin Matsys, Alonso de Ojeda, Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, Giovanni Sforza, Ottaviano Petrucci, and Ashikaga Yoshitane. Among people deceased in 1520, Moctezuma II ranks 4Before him are Raphael, Selim I, and Pedro Álvares Cabral. After him are Martin Waldseemüller, Pier Gerlofs Donia, Cuitláhuac, Kunigunde of Austria, Sten Sture the Younger, Agostino Chigi, Ippolito d'Este, and William Dunbar.

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Among people born in Mexico, Moctezuma II ranks 4 out of 487Before him are Frida Kahlo (1907), Anthony Quinn (1915), and Diego Rivera (1886). After him are Geronimo (1829), Carlos Slim (1940), Emiliano Zapata (1879), Pancho Villa (1878), Carlos Santana (1947), La Malinche (1502), Cuauhtémoc (1495), and Octavio Paz (1914).


Among politicians born in Mexico, Moctezuma II ranks 1After him are Geronimo (1829), La Malinche (1502), Cuauhtémoc (1495), Porfirio Díaz (1830), Antonio López de Santa Anna (1794), Benito Juárez (1806), Agustín de Iturbide (1783), Moctezuma I (1398), Vicente Fox (1942), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (1953), and Lázaro Cárdenas (1895).