The death of montezuma who killed emperor montezuma share flipboard email print the death of montezuma painting by charles ricketts 1927 history culture these were the key moments of the fall of the aztec empire the night the spanish conquistadors lost mexico city montezuma cortes and a whos who of the conquest of the aztecs. Montezuma or more correctly motecuhzoma ii xocoyotzin aka moctezuma or angry like a lord was the last fully independent ruler of the aztec empire before the civilizations collapse at the hands of the spanish in the early 16th century ce. Moctezuma is remembered today mainly as the aztec ruler who lost his empire to a european power although this is an unfair assessment of him moctezuma ii the emperor who lost an empire ancient origins. Synopsis when montezuma ii was born circa 1466 the aztec empire spread to present day honduras and nicaragua the aztec people however resented the emperors frequent demands for tribute and victims for religious sacrifice
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