Hernando Cortes overcame many obstacles to achieve the conquest of Mexico. The greatest was probably the antipathy of Diego Velazquez to him, who had decided that the Mexican conqueror, must have been Vasco Porcallo de Figueroa.
Cortes arrived in America in 1504 and immediately assured the secretary of the governor of Santo Domingo that he was not a colonizer. When he was granted a small lot and a distribution of Indians, he replied: "It is that I only come in search of the glory of Spain and mine and not work the land as a rustic person.", Not even a title of Notary of the Country Born satisfied.
In 1511 when Diego de Velazquez decided to win the island of Cuba for the Spanish colony. Cortes added to the expedition that for him, the moment of glory was about to begin. Because of his brilliant participation in the invasion, his sincere and open treatment of the people along with his spicy jokes made him win the friendship of his comrades and occupied the position of secretary of Velazquez, who at that time had been appointed governor of Cuba, The differences between the secretary and the governor began when Cortes refused to fulfill his promise to Catherine one of the four beautiful sisters Suarez Macaidas. Cortes had proposed marriage and even made sure of obtaining certain favors from her.
The storytellers say that the governor maintaining a love affair with one of the sisters of Catalina mistreated Cortes in public once, the frictions between them continued, until one day Cortes joined the side of the enemies of the governor who complained of him Before the authorities of Santo Domingo. He was willing to be the head of the Protestants but Velazquez learned of the plot and for two reasons sent him to jail and Cortes asked for asylum in a nearby church. One day he ventured out of his refuge, Juan Escudero, the sheriff, learned it. Years later in New Spain, Cortes would try to strangle him. The next morning he was chained in a boat to the island of Hispaniola.
Once more Cortes showed off his indomitable nature, managed to unleash himself and return swimming to the island to take refuge in the same church. This time he agreed to marry Macaida, which was how they told Catalina, and with this the problems were temporarily solved; Even asked Velazquez to be the godfather of his son, which made the relationship stronger. They did not return his work to him as secretary but obtained the protection of the governor, better lands and a great distribution of Indians and in the western end of the island, near Santiago de Cuba, after which, would be named alcade and introduced for the first time in Cuba won for land. In a few years he made a great fortune and became a colonizer more.
Nevertheless his spirit of conquistador returned with great impetus when Velazquez proposed to him the control of a third expedition that was going to Mexico. The recommendations of Andrés Duero and Amador Lares, secretary and accountant of the government respectively, made the man at the end of the colony seem to be the ideal person for the expedition. Velazquez revealed with some reserve the desire to name him Captain General of the army who was supposed to continue the discoveries of Grijalva, another conqueror, although most of the expenses of the campaign would run on his own, Cortes hurried and pawned properties and Indebted for the purpose of having sufficient provisions for the trip, since he thought that his great opportunity had arrived. He received instructions and on October 23, 1518, he was to leave in search of Grijalva, who had taken more than Alvarado and try to rescue half a dozen Spaniards who were prisoners of the Indians of Yucatan. He would be limited to travel the coasts and take note of the natural resources of the country and the customs and races that inhabited it. At all times, the real provisions should have been fulfilled and never forget to follow the law of God. However, the visionary at the end of the colony began to see his dreams of a larger company come true.
While Cortes hastened to prepare the ships, Velazquez changed his mind after hearing the advice of some friends and relatives; Decided to appoint Vasco Porcallo de Figueroa instead of Cortes as captain of the army. Alares and Aduero found out, they hurried to warn Cortes that he should leave without delay and that made him leave Santiago with his half-prepared fleet.
Velazquez sent someone to pursue and reach Cortes in the middle of the island of Cuba in the Port of Trinidad. There the emissaries of the governor arrived with orders to arrest Cortes and give the head of the army to Vasco Porcallo de Figueroa, a relative of the Conde de Feria. In a movie chase in the Caribbean, Velazquez sent his men so they could arrest Cortes and follow the instructions on Porcallo. Cortes was not frightened, not even by the fact that some people who accompanied him were friends and relatives of Velazquez. Nothing and no one could stop him. He knew how to dodge the obstacles that came his way to gain the power of what promised to be an empire according to the Indians of Yucatan. Finally with the motto "Friends, let us follow the cross, having faith in this sign, we will conquer the empire or we will die in the attempt." Although the trip was not officially recognized, Cortes left with its army of eleven caravels with 673 useful Spaniards for the war. He left the Cape of San Antonio with invariable route to Yucatán and arrived at Veracruz in February 18, 1519.