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Hernan Cortes

Hernán Cortés (born 1485 — died 1547) is the overarching antagonist of DreamWorks' 2000 film, The Road to El Dorado.

He is a relentless and callous man who wants to kill the natives of El Dorado and get the gold he believes them to possess. He also does not tolerate stowaways and after catching Miguel and Tulio planned to flog them and then turn them into life-long slaves.

He was a Spanish conquistador who led an expedition to find the lost city of El Dorado that also caused the fall of the Aztec Empire, destroyed the empire's capital Tenochtitlan and built Mexico City on top of its ruins (which became the capital of New Spain and later the capital of the independent country of Mexico), 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. He went to Hispaniola and later to Cuba, where he received an encomienda (the right to the labor of certain subjects). For a short time, he served as alcalde (magistrate) of the second Spanish town founded on the island. In 1519, he was elected captain of the third expedition to the mainland, which he partly funded. His enmity with the governor of Cuba, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, resulted in the recall of the expedition at the last moment, an order which Cortés ignored. Arriving on the continent, Cortés executed a successful strategy of allying with some indigenous people (such as the Tlaxcaltecs) against others (such as the Aztecs). He also used a native woman, Doña Marina, as an interpreter. She later gave birth to his first son. When the governor of Cuba sent emissaries to arrest Cortés, he fought them and won, using the extra troops as reinforcements. Cortés wrote letters directly to the king asking to be acknowledged for his successes instead of being punished for mutiny. After he overthrew the Aztec Empire, Cortés was awarded the title of marqués del Valle de Oaxaca, while the more prestigious title of viceroy was given to a high-ranking nobleman, Antonio de Mendoza. In 1541 Cortés returned to Spain, where he died six years later of natural causes. He is voiced by Jim Cummings.[1]

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The Road to El Dorado cosplay
MiguelTulioChelTzekel-KanHernán Cortés
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