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Offline MengJiao

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Otumba, 7 July 1520
« on: May 11, 2022, 09:21:12 AM »
  After what Cortez and company experienced as la noche triste, when the Mexica killed or captured about half of Cortez's forces as they withdrew from Tenotitlan (the capital of the
Aztec Empire in the middle of a big lake where Mexico City would be eventually) and took most of their weapons, gold, and women -- Cortez headed north around the lake to get back as quickly as possible to
the territory of his allies, the Tlascans, but the Mexica trapped him at Otumba.  Cortez and his forces numbering maybe 700 Europeans and 1300 Tlascans faced (in this case) about 8000 Regular Mexica and
 some "Otomi" mercenaries who had just sacrificed, butchered, cooked and eaten many of the other half of Cortez's forces and had more European weapons than Cortez did.  I'm guessing that as usual, Cortez dug in at the local temple complex and waited for the Indios to attack -- though this time the Indios have some artillery and Cortez doesn't.  All he has left is some horses, crossbows and half his troops  (PS:  Warksow in Upper Poland is standing in for Otumba, Gustow is the temple complex and Cortez and company are the Lancanstrians and the Mexica are represented by the Venetians (another city with canals) :
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Re: Otumba, 7 July 1520
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2022, 03:21:59 PM »
  After what Cortez and company experienced as la noche triste, when the Mexica killed or captured about half of Cortez's forces as they withdrew from Tenotitlan (the capital of the
Aztec Empire in the middle of a big lake where Mexico City would be eventually) and took most of their weapons, gold, and women -- Cortez headed north around the lake to get back as quickly as possible to
the territory of his allies, the Tlascans, but the Mexica trapped him at Otumba.  Cortez and his forces numbering maybe 700 Europeans and 1300 Tlascans faced (in this case) about 8000 Regular Mexica and
 some "Otomi" mercenaries who had just sacrificed, butchered, cooked and eaten many of the other half of Cortez's forces and had more European weapons than Cortez did.  I'm guessing that as usual, Cortez dug in at the local temple complex and waited for the Indios to attack -- though this time the Indios have some artillery and Cortez doesn't.  All he has left is some horses, crossbows and half his troops

    Well...hmmm...Cortez and company managed to knock out some of the artillery, but were overwhelmed, essentially because the Mexica could keep 3 commands in action against 1 allied command,
which they pounded to pieces before the command could be rallied despite all the defensive terrain.  I thought the Mexica might win, but not quite so handily as they did (this is the turn before Cortez attacked and knocked out some of the artillery: