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The Senate

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

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Alliances and ambushes: the road to Tenochtitlan to the home, the trajectory of the conquerors was not easy. They crossed the Sierra of Puebla with very limited water supply; then they headed north through the towns of Altotonga, Xalacingo and Teziutlan reaching Zautla, where they were greeted by the local ruler Olintetl. Cortes, who wanted to attract the favors of powerful leader, tried to convince him to no avail. However, Olintetl not denied its hospitality. Days later, continued their March. The next stop was the Kingdom of Tlaxcala, also tributary of the Mexica, a Confederation of City-States formed on the basis of a triple alliance between Tlacopan, Texcoco, and Tenochtitlan. Nissan wanted to know more. Being the latter which reigned, there was no shortage the malcontents in the other Lordships, unable to reach power. Amidst that local rivalry, became Cortes.

The Senate of Tlaxcala, aware of the arrival of the Spanish, met to discuss the proposal of cuts because like other villages in the area, was widely extended that visitors should be semi-gods. However, the verdict was contrary to cuts. On September 2, 1519 were attacked by the Tlaxcala warriors; Despite the desperate situation, the impact of a top weapons although scarce, bore fruit. The troops of Cortes and his allies resisted even a new attack, after which, and in view that could not defeat them, the Senate of Tlaxcala ordered his general maximum, Xicohtencatl Axayacatzin, stop the war to negotiate a peace agreement. This was held on September 18, 1519. At the meeting, the crucial Alliance was established to deal with the Mexica, which already then, were just days away. Before heading toward Tenochtitlan, Cortes arrived in Cholula, tributary and Allied city of the Aztecs, and had a population of 30,000 inhabitants. For 2 days the treatment for the newcomers was hospitable; shortly afterwards, Mexico authorities began to evade to Cortes and his captains and the Spanish were surprised.