Recently, I learned about the fall of the Inca and the Aztec empires. Today I will be discussing how both empires were destroyed almost the same way, even though they were both separated by hundreds of miles and very different cultures.
To start off, both were defeated by Spanish conquistadors; the Aztecs fell to Hernan Cortes, the Inca fell to Francisco Pizarro. Both men were seeking gold, and both had a very small group of men. One thing that contributed to both the Inca's and the Aztec's destruction was that their enemies, the Spanish, had a huge military advantage by using guns and horses, which both empires had never seen before. Bothe empires were also in a state of civil war and corruption in their empires, causing them to be weak against enemy attack. Both groups of people actually may have been able to defeat the Spanish, if the Spanish had not brought diseases like the smallpox to these empires. This disease killed many Aztec and Inca soldiers, causing an even larger weakness. All of these things contributed to the fall of the Inca and the Aztec empires.