And then defeat turns into a victory. Seeing in the hands of the white conqueror, who at this point is probably the Aztecs seemed more powerful than their own gods, its banner, a symbol of victory, Aztec warriors fled. At that moment, when Hernando Cortes raised over his head the enemy flag, Mexico fate was decided - the last kingdom of Montezuma ceased to exist. We leave it to the conclusion According to the historian: "No matter how we evaluated this achievement in terms of moral, from the point of view of the military, it is admirable. A handful of adventurers, poorly armed, with very poor equipment, landed on the coast of the powerful nation, populated by hot, warlike tribe ... not knowing the language or the country, with no map, no compass ... not knowing what will bring them the next step - if they get to the hostile tribes or cater kuda somewhere in the desert; during the first clashes with the locals they had almost defeated, but they still manage to move forward and reach the capital. Familiarity with high culture and morality of the people not only did not shake their intentions, but even more strengthened his; they have managed to capture the captive ruler killed in front of his subjects, his ministers, and being with great loss driven out of the city, managed to re-gather your strength and thanks to cleverly designed and fearlessly carried out the operation to return to this city again, approving thus its supremacy over all country. Is it not surprising that it was able to carry out a miserable bunch of adventurers? This fact is really like a miracle, in any case, it is unparalleled in history. "
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