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How did Cortes describe the Europeans in his July 10, 1519 letter?

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Cortes's July 1519 letter was the first of five letters he wrote to Charles V (ruler of Spain and the Holy Roman Empire). In the first letter, Cortes describes his efforts to colonize different regions in Mexico on behalf of the Spanish crown.

In his first letter, Cortes describes the Spanish (Europeans) as ambitious, devout Catholics. He also describes Europeans as more advanced, civilized, and powerful than the civilizations they set out to conquer.

Cortes was originally commissioned by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (the first Spanish governor of Cuba) to explore Mexico. However, Cortes's ambitious nature put a strain on the relationship between the two men. Velázquez eventually rescinded Cortes's permission to lead a contingent...

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