Spanish Conquest

Over 500 years ago (in the early 1500’s), the Spanish Conquest brought European Catholic traditions to Mexico. The Spanish explorer, Cortés, attempted to convert the Aztec ruler, Moctezuma and requested missionaries to be sent to convert the native people to become Catholic. The Spanish missionaries needed to learn Náhuatl in order to communicate with the people. To preserve their traditions and cultures, the native peoples blended their beliefs with those of the Spaniards.

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