The Reason the Spanish Traveled to “The New World” is
because they were trying to find treasure. This is like B.P. and the gulf coast
oil spill but, it only took B.P. 1 try to mess up and make the disaster, as it
took the Spanish a few attempts, with Pizzaro, Cortes, and Landa. They are
almost the same because; they were both all about greed and wanting of
treasure. Another reason is because; they both affect the future a lot, because
now we don’t know as much as we should from when Mayas, Incas and Aztecs and
later on we probably won’t have as many animals in the coast and there will be
an oil slick for a very long time.
Aztecs were great engineers and had many great
accomplishments. One of there biggest accomplishments were their capital city;
Tenochitlan. This was an entire city they built, but the most amazing fact
about it was that it was an entire Island they built
themselves, made of tree trunks and mud. The idea to make it out of mud made it
very good farmland. Moctezuma, believed to be a great leader, ruled the Aztecs.
Moctezuma was probably one of the best leaders of that entire century. Later on
Cortes was sent by Spain
in search of treasure. The Aztecs thought of Cortes as a once living god called
Quetzalcoatl that promised to return and rule the Aztecs. Another reason they
thought that he was a god is because they had never seen horses so they thought
they were hornless deer. Then after almost no luck Cortes somehow convinced
Moctezuma to surrender to Spain.
A little while after the peace was gone as some Spanish killed some Aztecs and
it turned into a major war. Cortes and his army barely escaped, but Moctezuma
was killed. The reason Cortes was able to beat the Aztecs with only 500
soldiers with him is because he had allies come and surround the city of Tenochitlan.
During the war, important soldiers dressed as either eagles or jaguars. Today
the Aztec ruins still remain leaving some questions a mystery today.
The Incas were another tribe attacked by the Spanish, but
they were lucky enough to have one city untouched and not destroyed by the Spanish;
Machu Pichu. The Incas were also great engineers and were also very smart. They
had there own counting system called quipus, which was a knotted string that
they tied knots into. The Incas lived in
the country of Peru
in the Andes Mountains.
Inca, meaning children of the sun, worshipped many gods, but mainly sun and
animal gods. The Incas were very successful because they had 19,000 miles of
roads over their territory. This allowed them to transport water and many other
things. Another very intelligent thing was how they knew how to farm on and
build terraces. Since this was made of earth they weren’t sure how they made
sure that it didn’t flood. After investigating they found that they used layers
of rocks, soils and sand so that if it stormed that their terraces didn’t erode,
and they used that as their own draining system. They also built giant bridges
made entirely out of grass that people can still walk on today. They made it by
twisting the grass to
make a strong material that can support lots of weight.