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The Cholula Massacre by Kamikazuh The Cholula Massacre by Kamikazuh
At the time of the arrival of Hernán Cortés Cholula was second only to the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan as the largest city in central Mexico, possibly with a population of up to 100,000 people. In addition to the great temple of Quetzalcoatl and various palaces, the city had 365 temples.

In 1519 Cortés, either in a pre-meditated effort to instil fear upon the Aztecs waiting for him at Tenochtitlan or, as he later claimed when under investigation, wished to make an example of the natives who had planned to massacre him and his soldiers when they left the city. The native treachery was exposed by two priests who under questioning revealed the plot. When the warriors and nobles gathered, Cortez had them massacred at the central plaza and partially burned down the city.
- Wikipedia


Pretty rough painting I did last night, inspired by playing few games of AoE3 first time in looong time. And then reading and listening about the life of Hernán Cortés while painting this. The stuff isn't very historically correct in the painting, as the idea kind of developed on the way. But yeah, I hope you like it!
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al-iskander Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great View!
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Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
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coricancha Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
According the diary of Cortez the people who were massacred were weaponed. But this statement is questionable. More likely than treachery is that Cortez tried to make an example, and afterwards justified his action with this explanation. Cholula was a very independent city not willing to honor Cortez as a god. The people who were massacred were probably civilians. Nevertheless, great drawing!
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Wolf-fang4 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The aztec army wiped out half the spanish army,until they resulted in using cannons and guns when they where being beat bad.Can you belive that the Aztec gave went up agianst steel armor and swords and still kill half the spanish army.
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ECrowley600 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Well, what the cannons and swords didn't get, the smallpox did...
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Wolf-fang4 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Yes but lemme explain the Spanish deeply underestimated the Natives because they used wood and rock,however the Aztecs had more skill and technique in their weapons despite their primitiveness even tough theSpanish had steel they only used it in brute force no technique,Half of them were wiped out by the Aztecs by stealth and they're martial arts "Yaomichita" very deadly martial arts that is hardly known to the world.The spanish lost the battle so bad that they resluted in attacking with guns and Cannons by full force along with the help of a traitorous tribe.It's true the Spanish, won but like cowards with no honor in them just soldiers.

 

Spanish=Soldiers that only follow orders,cowards,Avaricious for a peice of metal

 

Aztec=Warrior who follows his heart,fights with honor with no cheap tricks

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Carriedo-Spain Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Black Legend, black legend everywhere. Fake.
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Wolf-fang4 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what???
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toyotomiinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spanish gunpowered weapons in that time where less deadly than today's hunting ones (range under 50 yards in hand weapons and no accuracy over 25 yards), so the effect was psichologic more than real. And Spanish never underestimated enemy forces, maybe they were too confident in their own capability (not too much since less than 5000 conquered the whole aztec and inca empires in less than 50 years). Plus to this, must be remembered than the booty was the salary of european soldiers in that time (in all armies, specially in non spanish ones) and spanish soldiers fought not only by money, but by glory, God (they really believed their actions served Catholic Church) and their own lives (win or die there was no other options).
Another data, next to spanish fought many non aztec indians who wanted to scape of aztec abuses (aztec exploitation was hard in economy and in religion, affering human sacrifices in great number) and wishe their vengeance. And another one, spanish wished conquer land populated (workers) they had forbidden by kings orders killing indians without reason (not the etnic cleaning done for example by british in Australia).

History appart, the art of kamikazuh is brilliant in lights, textures an composition. Cool art.
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Wolf-fang4 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The way I see it,because of the spanish, my people are just a husk of what they used to be because of what the spanish did for their so-called god and religion, destroying our culture and being in-slaved for three hunderd years. There is no honor in in-slavement or forcing conversion on to natives from another land because their different. I don't hate the spanish of today,I hate just the ones that destroyed the culture of my people,Still the spanish should tell more stories of their shame and less of their victories to learn true humility.
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