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How did the spanish effect the Aztecs?


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March 02, 2010 7:00AM

The Spanish came to central America and delivered diseases such as Smallpox, Measles and Influenza to the Aztecs. The Aztecs, unlike the Spanish, were definitely not immune to the diseases and caught them, making them weak and forcing them to lose the battle between them.

Although the Aztecs captured and sacrificed many of the Spanish, the Spanish resulted in taking over the capital city of Tenochtitlan and defeating all the Aztecs.

The Spanish at one point tried to spread the Catholic religion throughout Mexico, forcing Aztecs to learn more about God and the Bible. If children didn't learn their lesson about it, they were punished. They were forced to stop worshiping their gods and celebrating their festivals.

They were also made to work in Spanish mines or on estates.