During the late 15th century, the Spanish Empire was preparing itself. It was rapidly becoming the pinnacle of exploration, conquest, and colonization. The future laid the path for many men to take part in this epic stage of expansion. Thus, the stage for HernÃÂ¡n CortÃÂ©s Pizarro was set to leave his imprint and story of conquest in history.
HernÃÂ¡n CortÃÂ©s was born in MedellÃÂn, Extremadura, Kingdom of Castile during the year of 1485. Luckily, CortÃÂ©s was born into a world of moderate luxury. His father, Martin CortÃÂ©s de Monroy, was a distinguished infantry captain with an ancestry of slender nobility. While his mother, Catalina Pizarro Altamirano gave CortÃÂ©s the blood of a conqueror. Catalina provided CortÃÂ©s with the blood link between him and the Francisco Pizarro, the famous conquistador of the Incan Empire. CortÃÂ©s was noted as a pale and sickly child during his early childhood but was able to prove himself intellectually competent when he was admitted into SpainÃÂs greatest center of learning and education, the University of Salamanca, at the age of fourteen.
This is where he stayed and pursued the principle and dignified study of law and Latin. However, after two years of attendance, CortÃÂ©s found himself tired and burnt out of school and returned home to MedellÃÂn. Without fulfilling his parentsÃÂ desire for a proper legal education, CortÃÂ©s was greeted with irritation and disappointment. However, unknown to everyone, those two years at Salamanca and his experience as legal notary would provide CortÃÂ©s with a comprehensive understanding of the legal codes of Castile and the Spanish Empire that would eventually save his life.
By this time, CortÃÂ©s was starting to feel impressionable pangs from the surrounding environment during this era of exploration and conquest. The reports of ColumbusÃÂs momentous discovery of the new world were streaming back...