This simple maneuver Cortes repeatedly strengthened its own position. The whole procedure resembled the formation of private companies, because as soon as the settlement was duly legally registered according to the wishes and the will of all those present, it was converted into a self-sufficient generation that provides all the legal rights of the Spanish town - the right to elect people to manage the city to issue orders to legislate and most importantly, report directly to the Spanish crown. In short, the city immediately began its independent existence, separate from the expedition sent by Diego Velasquez, governor of Cuba. And Cortes, as an elected captain and the chief judge of the city, got its authority directly from the city, and not as a result of his appointment as head of the expedition. It was a smart move, to which could only think of a person who has trained in legal and civil matters. Now he will be entitled to directly, bypassing Velasquez, to communicate with Spain. In addition, his people decided to allocate him a share of twenty percent of all the gold remaining after separation due to the king one fifth. At the same time, he himself insisted, for power, which has no funds for its maintenance, like a building without foundations.
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