He was born in the year of 1485. Cortes came from a poor, humble family. As a young man, he wanted to be a Spanish explorer and help discover the New World. He believed the New World had gold and by finding gold would give him glory. Along his travels, Cortes managed to sail to the Southern part of America. From there, he and his crew sailed across the seas to reach his goal, the Aztec Empire. As a result, Hernan Cortes brought back gold and riches as to Spain. Hernan Cortes will always be remembered as a Spanish hero for Spain because of his journey, and remembered as a conqueror for the Aztecs because he attacked their land. As a result, the Aztecs surrendered, and Spain claimed the Aztecs land as their own.