Here is a different take on it. Cortes has a girlfriend. OK, big deal, most of us have had a girlfriend. How many of us have a girlfriend who wants you to use the full force of your army to get what she wants?
Cortes’ girlfriend, Dona Marina, known as La Malinche, told Cortes that she wanted her own people conquered.
“They have something I want badly, mi amor.”
“The gold? I want it too.”
“I want the gold, but there is also something more important than gold.”
“More important than gold?”
“Yes, bring your army to the capital and you shall see.”
Montezuma kept trying to buy off the men he thought were Gods.
“When the Spaniards arrived in the capital, Dona Marina did more than translate. She went right up to Montezuma and said, “The chocolate or your life.”
Montezuma responded with a low rumbling chuckle. “The so-called Gods have a concubine. You and what army?”
Well, you know the rest. The moral of the story? Don’t get between a girl and her chocolate, the nectar of the Gods.