Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Characters

Eduardo Galeano
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Montezuma (long)

The emperor, Montezuma, was the leader of the Aztec civilization in the early 1500s when his kingdom was invaded by the Spanish conquistadors led by Hernan Cortes. The conquistadors were sponsored by the Spanish monarchy and invaded the Aztec society because of the gold and silver and other precious resources that the Aztecs controlled. Montezuma was very alarmed to hear of the invasion. When he was first told of the impending battle, he was told that a mountain was alive and moving their way. When more messengers arrived with news of the invaders' weapons, Montezuma became terrified. Montezuma had no idea how to cope with this surprise attack. The weapon that had no name for the Aztecs was actually a cannon. It was described to him how a fireball would explode and fly out of the large iron object. The weapon...

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