The Conquest of Mexico in 1521 gave rise to one of the richest culinary revolutions in history.
When the Spanish explorer Cortes and his followers came to the new world in search of fortune, they found a wealth of culinary
specialties such as chocolate, peanuts, vanilla, beans, squash, avocados coconuts, corn and tomatoes.
In turn the Spanish brought to the Americas products such as: pork, beef, lamb, citrus
fruits, garlic, cheese, milk, wheat, vinegar and wine. Montezuma the great Aztec emporer was previously warned that one day bearded men mounted on animals like giant deers would come to take over his domain, so when Montezuma
heard that men had landed at Veracruz he was not surprised.
He made every effort to keep them in Veracruz by offering them great riches, but after seeing the riches it spurred them on to see where the riches came from.
On November 8, 1519, Cortez entered Montezuma's capitol along with seven thousand native soldiers he had recruited along the way.
He was received by montezuma and given a great feast, but the cordial relations
between the Spanish captain and the Aztec emperor were short lived.
After many bloody battles, on August 13th 1521, Cortez claimed the capitol. The conquerors systematically destroyed the Aztec empire and replaced it with
Spanish structures and Institutions, but they never succeeded in extinguishing the native culture and traditions, which are still part of Mexico today.
The emerging Mexican cuisine was constantly being enriched from many
different countries, recipes and ingredients from Africa, South America, Caribbean, France and the orient found there way through the Spanish - Mexico conduit.
The cuisines of these countries were melded together into new culinary specialties and became what we now call Mexican food.