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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.
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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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Jaime-Gmad Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Goooooooooood!
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danielsmith52 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Hello, Can you do sequential art- a comic I am looking for an artist . The story is of the conquest of the Aztec Empire as seen through Malinche's eyes. My email is daniel.smith281@yahoo.com.  I can pay
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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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toyotomiinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I only can say that slavery was tried to be forbidden by spanish laws in America, it was accepted (even thinking it as inmmoral) only because of the presion of rich bussinessmen who wanted cheap workers and the presion of Portuguese and English slave sellers who were interested on slavery selling better than paid work in Spanish America and only for african non cristian people, it was forbidden to enslave indians (mita forced working sistem was not a spanish idea but inca one). The problem was that whith the tecnollogy of that time spanish government had too many problems to obbligate criollos to respect the indian protections laws (when Spain's king controll became more effective in XVIII century criollos rapidly started the independence movements offering indians a better life that was a fake for using them in war and betrying them after it).
 The destruction of american cultures was littlest in Spanish America than in other zones of the world conquered by europeans (in portuguese Brazil for example). In other way it must be remembered that they acted on XVI century, not in XXI century: was another time and the ideas of that people were not our ones, what they did can be strange or savage for our sensibility but they only could do what was logical or thought as good then. Phillosophy, religion, policy, education were absolutely different, but even so we must remember the high percentage of indian aborigin and halfblooded (sorry I don't know if this is the correct word) population in Latin America in contrast whith No0thern America, Australia or New Zealand. Another historic fact is that great damages to indians were commited not by spanish while the conquest times but by "criollos" (white spanish-americans) after independence. For sure spanish conquistadores were not angels, but nor were demons either, simply were people of their time who did what tey tought was the best for them and their country and religion (just as today do United States soldiers around the world for example). Winners<img style="display:inline;vertical-align:super;margin:0 0 0 3px;padding:0;border:0;min-width:0;width:auto;height:10px;float:none;border:0;outline:0" src="cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/items…"> every time think they're doing good, and loosers every time think a great injustice has been commited to them. Spanish and aztecs surely thougt so, but we must be scientific when we study the past and know there were no "good and bad guys" as in films but people in both sides who were doing what they believed to be correct. We can't judge them under our times' parameters, they had not our knowledge nor ideas of human rights or respect for other cultures.
And about humility I must say you that today, the problem of spaniards is just that we remember too well the times we were defeated and notso often  the great victories of our ancestors (not only in America, but in europe, in Africa, in Oceania and in Asia), so we have lost many (too much in fact) of our national pride. They did things that damaged other peoples or cultures? Yes, we know and we are not fond of it, but we can't undo what they did. But it must be remembered too that if Spanish had not conquered, maybe northern europeans whith still less respect for indians would have and today the problem of indian cultures only was going to be search on archaeological sites and documents for their records, whithout survivors and descendants who had conserved part of their languages, and traditions.
Greetings from Spain.
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is brillant work...
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hornsofhattin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Cool. Any chance of you doing something based on the Noche Triste where the Spanish tried to secretly flee from Tenochtitlan but were pretty badly mauled in the process?
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Sigil0s0 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I'm Mexican and i'm in love with your illustrations about my ancestors its also a pleasant surprise for me an artist from Finland shows such interest on the Aztec culture to make a painting about it.
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Sigil0s0 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Dang i meant to say: 'its a pleasant surprise for me to see that an artist from Finland'.

There is no edit button for comments lol sorry for my grammar.
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CrossbowJoe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing :)
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Naeran Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It really looks like something's about to happen... :noes:
Great work! The perspective adds a nice feeling to this piece. ;)
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BalanComics Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Just as cool as the other piece in the same vein. Great to see these, thanks!
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Kamikazuh Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :]]
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fatman791 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Just think what the world would be like if old civilizations witch collapsed did not. Romans,Meso Americans.
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Kamikazuh Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Veery different :d
Thanks!
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lycan-rising Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"war it is" comes to mind when i see this.

very nice scale.
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Kamikazuh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I don't think Cortez had much other choices if he wanted to keep him and his men alive, being deep inside the big city..
Thanks a lot
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
good work nice job.
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Kamikazuh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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2tall4yall Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great job, would love to see that polished!
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Kamikazuh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! Was thinking of rendering it more too, but not sure yet.
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