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Cortes in Tlascalla

The Tlaxcalans were surrounded by the Aztecs and could have been conquered by them at any time.  It is thought that there were never because the Aztec wanted to have a population to capture for their sacrifices within a short march of Tenochtitlan.  Given this unfortunate geography, it is not surprising that they became key allies of the Spanish in their defeat of the Aztec confederacy. 

The account of the Spanish encounter with the Tlaxcalans is chronicled by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one of the few eye witness accounts of the events that have come down to us.

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