Cortes was born in Medellin, Extremadura, Spain in 1485. Cortes was of low Spanish nobility. His name is pronounced as [kohr-tez', air-nahn']. Cortes has many different names like Hernan Cortes, Hernando Cortes and Hernando Cortez. Cortes had many names but his main name was Hernan Cortes.
At the age of 14, Cortes studied law at the University of Salamanca. But in 1501 he quit university to try to find his fortune in the New World.
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got shipwrecked in yet another expedition.
He died in Seville in the year 1547.
Changing the World
Cortes and his conquest brought upon a lot of changes in the lives of Europeans. Because Mexico created lots of coffee the Europeans now get their coffee beans from Mexico. Europe also imports sugarcane, rice, cacao, tobacco, vanilla, pineapples, bananas and coconuts. Cortes also made Mexico's language Spanish. Mexico is the largest Spanish speaking country besides that of Spain.