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The Last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc

Profession: The Last Aztec Emperor


Biography: The Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521. Ascended to the throne when he was 25 years of age, as his city was being besieged by the Spanish and devastated by an epidemic of smallpox brought to the New World by Spanish invaders.

Died: February 28, 1525
Cause of Death: Executed

Historical Events

  • 1521-08-13 Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés capture Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc in Tenochtitlan marking the end of the Aztec Empire

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