Deadliest Warrior Season 3 Episode 7: Ivan the Terrible vs Hernan Cortes - Video

Deadliest Warrior Season 3 Episode 7: Ivan the Terrible vs Hernán Cortés - Video

August 31st, 2011 -- On this week's Deadliest Warrior, it's time for the Battle of the Butchers as two of history's most cruelest conquerors face off: Ivan the Terrible and Hernán Cortés.


Hernán Cortés:
Hernan Cortes was born around 1485 in Medellín, Spain and grew up to become a Spanish Conquistador and viciously ambitious explorer. Cortés gained military experience through an exploration to Cuba but went on to lead his own exploration of Mexico in 1519, literally, as he performed the action against orders to abort the mission from his superiors. Cortés used superior technology with deadly consequences to conquer Mexico and parts of South America as he knew the Aztec Empire had near endless supplies of gold. Early on Cortés set his sights on the Aztec capital city of Tenochitilán due to the combination of a rebellion and gaining the knowledge that Spanish troops had been dispatched to arrest him for disobeying orders he did not take the city until 1521. Cortés continued to seek wealth, land, and finally recognition for his achievements from the Spanish royal court until his death in 1547.

Ivan the Terrible:
Ivan the Terrible was born in 1530 and went on to become the Grand Prince of Moscow at the age of three when his father died in 1533. Ivan did not formally rule until the death of his mother when he was just eight years old. He crowned himself first Tsar of Russia when he was just 16 years old. His reign, one of the longest of the Russian Tsars, saw the expansion of the Russian Empire to literally double in geography. This increase in size, largely by conquest, eventually allowed trade with Europe. While his English nickname (Ivan the Terrible) inspires fear and accurately represents his actions, it's probably not a very good translation of his actual nickname Ivan Grozny which is more accurately translated to Ivan the Formidable or Ivan the Great. Interestingly, Ivan died from a stroke while playing chess against his close friend and bodyguard.

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