Five centuries after his death many modern mexicans still blame montezuma for poor leadership which led to the fall of the aztec empire the circumstances of his captivity and death have much to do with this had montezuma refused to allow himself to be taken captive history would most likely have been very different. Emperor montezuma was killed on the 29th of june 1520 after several months of captivity in his own city hassig 2006 xvi he was renowned as a fighter war leader and strong emperor diaz del castillo continued to write at length about the virtues of montezuma and recounted how the spaniards wept and lamented at his death. Moctezuma ii was the 9th ruler of the aztec empire whose unfortunate reign coincided with the arrival of the spanish under the conquistador hernan cortez hernn corts moctezuma is remembered today mainly as the aztec ruler who lost his empire to a european power although this is an unfair assessment of him. Montezuma ii also spelled moctezuma born 1466 died c june 30 1520 tenochtitln within modern mexico city ninth aztec emperor of mexico famous for his dramatic confrontation with the spanish conquistador hernn corts in 1502 montezuma succeeded his uncle ahuitzotl as the leader of an empire that had reached its greatest extent stretching to what is now honduras and nicaragua
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