Columbus Lands, What Happens Next?Edit
Initial European ColoniesEdit
In 1495 John Cabot, an Italian under the employment of the English crown, landed in OTL Labrador and declared the land English but soon had to return to Europe because of a lack of supplies, with the news of uncolonized lands and with a strong wish to compete with the Spanish, Henry VII would allow an expedition to be put together and sent to the New World.
The group would reach the mouth of the St Lawrence River (named the same in ATL) and the Colony of New London would be founded there. With the initial colonists coming into contact with the native Iroquoians who inhabited the region. The first colonists due to a lack of supplies and with the interests of peaceful trade and cooperation began an initial peaceful relationship with the natives, and with their help learned the ways of the land quickly, with some of the English taking locals as lovers while others simply kept a friendly relationship with them. Trading in furs and fish began. The English traded fire weapons and other goods the natives had never seen before.
Soon more people looking for a new life and some adventure would begin journeying to the new colony and its population would begin to slowly grow from the small 20 original settlers to about 200 with in a few years. Several villages along the mouth of the St. Lawrence would be set up and a thriving trading and fishing colony would be born. The natives would increase their interaction with these newcomers who appeared to come in good will.
The Spanish early colonization would start around the same time as it did OTL and along the same areas in the Caribbean but the continued growth of Spanish influence in Europe and the growing threat of England cut a lot of the interest that the Spanish had OTL. The prospect of greater conquests in Africa also stirred the spirits of the conquistador Spanish who wanted to impose the same humiliation upon the Muslims imposed on them (in their eyes - not necessarily the rest of the world's) and bring back Christian rule to North Africa. Their initial colonies would be set up by the Columbus brothers at first. Hispaniola and Juana would become the cores of the new Spanish realms in the New World. The initial settlers were largely those who left the growing problems in the homeland and they would grow quickly accustomed to the new life in the colonies with the native population quickly being reduced to slave-like conditions in the name of training and baptizing them (same as OTL) under the Encomiendas system. The natives of the islands soon began to die out at an amazing rate as they had never lived under such a social structure and weren't used to hard labour. With the continued deaths a new solution was looked for with the African population. The Africans brought to the Americas were largely purchased by individual Spaniards who sought to make a fortune by reselling them in the New World to the new Spanish lords in the land, or they were sold by the growing Portuguese traders who bought them from the Muslims in Africa.
The Portuguese began settlement along the Brazilian coastline. As in OTL the first colonies were mere trading posts with the locals to gain the popular Brazilwood which fetched for large amounts on the European markets, due to its value for making expensive dyes. The Portuguese relied on the support of European adventurers who were living among the local tribes to help the process of setting up a large trading operation across the coastline. The Portuguese faced no competition in the south of the Brazilian area due to low interests and capacities of the other European countries, but to the north a small influx of French settlers from Free France who were trying to start a new life in the New World would begin appearing near the mouth of the Amazon River and farther north - but again in small numbers. The Portuguese, unlike OTL however, made deals with these early French colonizers sympathizing with them for their plight back home stuck between shame at having been defeated by the English, and the growing tyranny of the Spanish Puppet, but this will be explained later. The formation of a solid Portuguese colony wouldn't begin until significantly later then OTL due to the greater interests of the Portuguese in East Asia and due to the low risk of European intervention in the region.
Some minor German expeditions would be sent to the Columbia to scout potential areas to establish colonies in the late 1510's but these attempts were cut short by the sudden rise of the Protestant rising and the establishment of a Protestant England which directly threatened the entire Catholic world save the Portuguese who remained stout English allies. These expeditions, however, brought a basic lay out of the southern continent and of parts of the north back to Europe and, mixed with the tales of riches to be found in the New World, soon brought many western leaders the urge to some day establish a settlement in the promising west.
The Italians seeing their previous monopoly on the trade with the east effectively over decided to begin financing short high risk ventures to the New World or to Asia to whoever was willing to attempt such a voyage to bring back goods and rare materials. While many of these voyages never finished the trip, the ones that did brought back immense riches and help maintain the wealthy status of cities like Florence, Milan, Genoa and Venice if only for a short while.
The English settlements along the St. Lawrence would continue to grow slowly attracting more people to come to the New World to try their luck at making a small fortune through trapping, and after the English break away from the Catholic faith there was a large fear that England would be overrun by the rest of Europe leading more to slowly trickle in, the modest population of a few hundred soon shot up to near 2000 by the late 1520's, but growth was slowed down soon after this leap in seize after the start of the Protestant war with the English navy unable to protect the colonists heading for the New World. The population in Columbia was for a time stranded as the motherland was engaged in a very destructive war against Spain and its allies and was unable to send supplies, in this time the small population began to expand the previously minimal farming space, and focusing on expanding the settlement, this did not sit well with the natives as it began cutting into their hunting land, also with an end to the English trading goods because of the war the previously warm feelings between the settlers and the Iroquois swiftly went south, and some of the settlements farther inland began to fall prey to native raids.This would spark the so called River War, the English began isolating themselves from the rest of their surrounding only going out in armed groups to get the furs which were previously their livelihood in the hopes that the ships from the homeland would soon return. This was around 1534. As time went by the English settlers became more hardened and used to the surrounding and began raiding the natives just like the Iroquois had previously done to English settlements, this would further expand the violence as the tribes would begin retaliating creating a vicious cycle. The English would, however, establish some new friendships with natives who they had previously left largely alone and like the Algonquin and the Abenaki, but other groups would receive them with the same violence the Iroquois now showed them, soon an alliance of sorts would be established between these groups led by the Iroquois, bringing more tribes into Confederacy. The most militant of these was the Mohawk who actively raided the English and their new found Algonquin allies. The attacks would eventually prove highly effective and the English - with no outside support - were starting to dwindle in numbers. By 1539 when the English ships began returning to the New World they found the previously thriving colony of New London now near enclosed with about a third of its original size and the settlement itself under siege from the natives response came quickly in the form of an armed contingent led by men who had previously fought in the war against Spain and France. The troops would quickly restore the control of the English across the mouth of the river and farther inland eradicating the confederacy settlements and massacring their inhabitants. The only tribes saved from this treatment were the Algonquin who had helped the New London Colony, but the effects hit them as well as they grew to fear these newcomers in their land. The now more orderly raids and massacres carried out by the English would soon cause the previously limited river war against the Confederacy to evolve into a general genocide against the natives near English settlement and would lead the English to treat the natives of any area they settled in the New World similarly. The Algonquin were once again spared along with the other allied tribes because of their importance to the English fur trade but previous policies like mingling with them and taking native brides was effectively over and more land would be free in OTL Quebec and south of the St. Lawrence due to the all natives save the belligerent Mohawks and confederacy migrating away from the English only contacting them for trade. In 1546 a second colony would be started near OTL New York City on the island of Manhattan called Manchester, though the name would eventually be changed in the following century, the same thing that happened to the natives around the New London Settlement would soon repeat itself with the Manchester settlement. A new policy of arming the garrisoning the New World colonies would be taking by Victor and he would use the New World as a playground for testing out new war tactics using the Indian wars as the perfect place to test out new maneuvers and new methods of genocide which he hoped to implement in Ireland or the Catholic regions of Europe should war break out.
The Spanish colonies would expand a little in between the foundation of the original settlements and the year 1550 taking a few more of the Caribbean Islands and expanding farther inland in OTL Cuba from the Juana Settlement.
The French Exodus, The Effects on The New World NationsEdit
A New Start: The Early Years of New FranceEdit
Upon the Discovery of the New Lands to the west Europe was excited by the news - mainly England and Portugal. However, the French living south of Anglo-France also began taking an interest in the new lands, largely several of the French Nobility living along the coastlines of Free France and a few prominent merchants who had gotten rich from trading with the Italians and the Muslims. The situation in Free France was fulling apart quickly as the French pretender Louis of Orleans had invaded Free France from his position in Iberia supported by the Aragonese-Castillian Union, taking Toulouse and Perpignan moving relatively quickly and laying siege to Marseille as well. The nobility and the merchants who had grown accustomed to relative independence for over 40 years refused to submit to the Spanish puppet and suffered for their resistance facing the burning of their lands and the death of thousands. This just piled up onto the already high death rates in France due to the feudal wars being carried out across France between the inland dukes and counts aiming to get more power and prestige. While some banded together to resist or sided with the Strongest Pretender to arrive yet (Louis), others who refused this came together to try a different solution: withdraw from conflicts plaguing their homeland and try to launch an expedition to the New World to see what came of it. These nobles arranged for a meeting in Toulon in 1498 to come to some sort of arrangement and make a journey west but the meeting came to no agreement and all of those who had been in the reunion left distraught, among them a young French trader by the name of Averill Rochefort who had been an acquaintance of Columbus had been fascinated by the stories he brought back to Europe. He began arranging an expedition with the leaders of Marseille and several Italian explorers with the intent of heading for the New World. This was done in the greatest secrecy with the troops of Louis now crowned Louis XI of France, who were trying to get rid of any resistance left in the country and by 1504 was ready to begin the journey west. In 1504 with as many supplies as possible and in the dark of night seven ships set sail from the port of Marseille led by Arevill and the former Count of Toulouse (upon the Toulouse revolt that dethroned the previous king the County of Toulouse had been revived) who had been stripped of all of his titles and lands but had saved up a small fortune to help finance the expedition. The expedition headed first for Genoa where they collected several trained sailors and mercs and then for Valencia claiming to be Italian traders. Upon getting permission to leave the harbor they headed for the Canaries where they used the same excuse and continued their journey west. While the plan had been to head for the islands area which was at this point well documented the expedition would head farther south landing near OTL Caracas, Venezuela having completely avoided the island chain. The initial travelers had been around 472 people but upon arriving only 200 or so had survived the trip. The initial group came across the local Caracas and Teques tribes who looked upon these weird people from the great waters. The initial interaction was surprisingly smooth considering the violent nature of these tribes but their intrigue of the newcomers and the French possession of firearms, a few horses and steel left them deeply impressed by the French and a sort of friendship would be established. Within the next few years as an early interaction would be highly productive as the newcomers slowly got accustomed to the new land and at once began mingling with the native women (as they had been all males). The French shared their knowledge of European technology and the natives welcomed them into the tribe in a way and helped them set up a settlement along the coast (separate from the Caracas Valley by the hills in the area), along with teaching them about the various plants and animals of the region. The first Metis began appearing with the first two or three years of the settlement and relations between the tribes and the settlers continued to improve.
The expedition was thought to have failed and gone missing by their sponsors back in Europe until in 1511 a Spanish ship with tobacco from the colonies came to port in Cadiz with news of a French settlement in Columbia, which was close to the locals and thriving in a primitive way (by European standards). With news of the slightly successful expedition now blowing through Free France several of the others who had attended the Toulon meeting begin preparing expeditions along with employing the help of French commoners looking for a new life and French merchants hoping for new goods. These nobles requested permission from Louis to set out on an expedition to claim areas of the New World for France, while planning to simply cut ties with the French homeland afterwards. Louis, greedy and ambitious, didn't think twice about the offer and agreed to allow the French explorers to be, set out only under the condition that they payed for all the expenses of the expedition and that 200 French troops loyal to Luis go with them to gain control of Caracas settlement as well. This Second expedition would set out in 1514 with 3000 men and 15 ships (all purchased from either the Spanish or the English), this was lead by an aging French soldier who had fought in the Italian wars against plan as a mercenary for the rebelling Naples Nobles, called Dominique Mauriceau and the French noble Count Charles of Clermont (didn't die in 1498 this TL) Who had been stripped of the title Duke of Bourbon by Louis who feared the power of the house of Bourbon. and forced him to renounce his claims to the land. other less prominent nobles and merchants would also set forth in the following years all independent of the others creating separate settlements unconnected to the others. The Dominique expedition as it would later be called was by far the largest would reach the Spanish West Indies in late 1514 and would head out for the south towards the area rumored to house the Caracas settlement and would find it in May 1515, before reaching land though the Louis loyalists were murdered by the rest of the crew who were distinctively anti-royalists. Upon finding their countrymen a large festival would be held and a large exchange of goods and knowledge would occur between the two French parties but soon after a fall out would happen when the Dominique party came into disagreement on the way to treat the natives who they saw as good hands for labour and not equals while the Arivell party considered them good allies and equals after several years living side by side with them, with many of the Caracas natives learning French and slowly adapting to European ideas that their French friends had brought with them, and with the increasing numbers of Metis growing in both societies. The Charles and Dominique would leave on a sour note from Caracas heading farther west until they reached the OTL Gulf of Venezuela and the location of OTL Maracaibo where they met the less then friendly Coquibacao who killed several of the Frenchmen, unlike the Arevill expedition or the first English settlers of New London, the Dominique party was largely mercenaries and former soldiers who had fought against Louis and the Spanish and were able to do away with most of them by 1518. After two and a half years of gruesome fighting the Coquibacao were largely subdued and forced into servitude by the Frenchmen which forced them to help build build up a settlement which would be named Nouvelle Marseille. Due to their treatment of the natives most of the Coquibacao would die out quickly due to harsh treatment, The French began having to work harder on the ground themselves and after Dominique's death began lamenting their poor treatment of the natives, they would begin exploring the inland area now looking for more natives to befriend and would be partially successful but, unlike the rest of the French settlements, Nouvelle Marseille would separate itself from the natives and remain strictly European and militaristic in its lifestyle and depend on order and discipline to survive. Despite this mentality, they had learned from their mistakes and tried to maintain cordial relations with the natives. It would be N.M. which would attract the largest amount of early French escapees due to its relatively familiar mentality and feel,almost 70% of all the women who left Free France would head there where they would quickly find mates due to the paranoia of the N.M. men of locals and mixing blood, creating the roots for the future, French Créole which would come to dominate French Columbia in the future centuries.
Another Important settlement that would be founded in 1521 would be in OTL French Guyana around Cayenne and would be named the same in this TL. Cayenne would prove the easiest port to access for many French leaving the homeland but would act largely as a place for the escapees to head out to the rest of the Columbia mainly heading for Caracas, Nouvelle Marseille or for the areas under the protection of the Portuguese who granted the French refuge, (which in the following centuries would prove a mistake). Despite native aggression towards the Cayenne settlement the French who came to the area would prove a lot more resilient then OTL due to the fact that they needed to survive no matter what leading to a series of confrontations with the natives until the two groups eventually came to a verbal understanding to leave in co-existence until around 1570 were conflicts would once again flame up.
From these three major settlements the French numbers slowly grew as violence in Europe began escalating and many prominent French looking to escape the tyranny of the Valois kings came to the French settlements. While France and Spain continued to claim the lands that the French were settling for their countries respectively the new French largely ignored these claims and lived on with their lives trying to get used to the new land make a new future for themselves. This would lead up to more and more French traveling into the heartland of the New World and acting as pirates in the Caribbean attacking cargo ships and getting as much goods from Europe as they could. While each settlement was largely independent, they remained close to each other trading goods on a regular basis and aiding one another when ever one was in danger either from Spanish ships or from natives. Among the effects of the French settling of Columbia was the swift spread of Eurasian diseases that were swiftly killing off many natives far ahead of the French explorers who began exploring the hinterland by 1524 and the population of the Caracas Settlement would be greatly reduced within years of its founding due to the death of the natives who didn't know what was going on and never suspected the French who generally got sick as well due to weakened body defences due to the new environment those that survived would be subject to several outbreaks before any type of defence could be established swiftly leaving only the Metis, the French and a few natives who could eventually get accustomed to the plagues. The more militant N.M. setters would take advantage of the devastation caused by the European plagues to move into land that was quickly abandoned by the natives or they would set up outposts for traders and trappers to go unmolested.
The French privateers that began appearing in this period were gaining extensive knowledge of the islands and the coastlines of the Caribbean Sea and would prey on the early Spanish and Italian traders and raiding the Spanish settlements, this was possible due to the low Spanish interest in the region at the time though this would change in the following years. As the cargo they gained grew more bountiful over the years so did the quality of goods they could purchase from the Portuguese and Italians willing to trade with them, among the products the French settlers were able to purchase by the beginning of 1530 were black slaves which would be purchased in small amounts and would act as help for the construction of the growing French communities formed from the French diaspora, unlike the Spanish settlers though the black slaves purchased were allowed relative freedom and soon enough would be valued for their efficiency and obedience, gaining greater respect from the N.M. French then in any of the other French settlements.
The French explorers would begin traveling north as well in 1532 farther north along the coastline with the privateers raiders. They would eventually come across the Nahua settlement of Tochpan bringing them into contact for the first time with the Aztec Empire (explained in the next part) and other native tribes of central Columbia. This proved much better organized then the tribal communities in northern South Columbia. The explorers and pirates would eventually create a series of small outposts throughout the islands to act as shelters in bad weather and to protect against Spanish raiders.
The outbreak of the first Protestant war in Europe and the mass repression by the English and Protestant Anglo-Franks against Catholic French and Catholic Anglo-Franks along with the general rampaging of the Spanish troops through France would lead to an even greater amount of French heading for the New World forming more and more communities along the coastline of OTL north Brazil and Grand Columbia and fueling the size of the three older settlements to thousands within a decade which would lead to greater extension inland of the French to try to restart their lives. The French exodus had at this point reached a massive proportion in comparison to the previous movements, leading to the French king to try to impede the movements of the people back in the homeland. With these new settlers came more European goods, many more firearms then they had previously possessed and means to start building an actual society in Columbia, though again, not unified. These independent settlements continued to lend a hand to one another to try to survive and a strong brotherhood so to speak would form among them, though rivalries would also form largely between the more aggressive and Eurocentric Nouvelle Marseille settlers and the more egalitarian Caracas lead settlements which would carry on into the formation of the New French State that would eventually form in the following century. The expansion of the Catholic faith would happen slowly as a product of the French advances into the hinterland, while trying to expand the Catholic faith themselves often missionaries would accompany their voyages and try to extend the word of the Holy Father, the French would promote this as they told the men of god to protect them.
By 1550 with the decade of violence and death in Europe caused by the disastrous Protestant War, the flow of French coming to the New World would continue to grow and aid the growth of the settlements. Even so, the French were still too few in number to become completely separate from European politics and very soon they would be submitted to the will of the Spanish who would take a greater interest in submitting the new continent. Nonetheless, the New World was off to a very promising start. However, their presence on the continent would change the fate of the original inhabitants and would ultimately change the fate of colonization forever in Columbia.
The Aztecs: Progression and PlagueEdit
Since the arrival of the Europeans in the New World stories of strange men would begin to spread across Meso Columbia and the Aztecs along with their enemies and allies would come to hear of these stories and many would believe that the return of the gods was soon upon them specially the 9th Tlatoani of the Aztec, Moctezuma II who assumed power in 1502. and would continue along the path that his predecessors had started bringing into the sphere of Tenochtitlan whole of the Chiapas and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, along with fully establishing the Aztec control over the Zapotec. The history of the Aztec would continue along OTL events until 1519 when the Spanish had come to Mexico. With Hernan Cortes involved in Europe and the other Spanish largely uninterested at the time in venturing into the continent left the coastlines of the Yucatan largely untouched and the Aztecs would soon get involved in yet another war against the Tlaxcala state which wanted to try to end the power of the Mexica emperors and the Triple Alliance, Tlaxcala would succeed in gaining allies amongst some if the submitted tribes to the south of Tenochtitlan and with the independent tribes of Metztitlan. The war would start in late 1519 and would continue for the next four years or so as the Aztecs took advantage of the conflict to gain more sacrifices for the goods, but the war would begin to take large amounts of resources, of which the Aztecs at the time didn't have the capacity to sustain. with both sides exceeding their capacities to fight and with the large amounts of slaves captured by the Aztecs, Moctezuma II and the leader of the Tlaxcala simply discontinued fighting and the Aztecs would go about suppressing the revolting provinces bringing in sacrifices daily.
Moctezuma would continue with his imperial reforms swiftly after reducing the possibilities of the peasants and reducing the importance of Tlacopan and Texcoco. which would bring great resentment from their longtime allies. The Mexica emperor would largely continue dealing with internal rebellions in this period and a few border skirmishes with their neighbors until 1528 when a large unknown disease (smallpox) would suddenly begin plighting the land coming from the coastline and from the south (caused by the French explorers who had at this point began looking deeper into the hinterland and bringing their germs along with them). The death rates would slowly continue to climb as more and more died, as the lives in the south continued to dwindle the sacrifices in the capital would become more and more as the Mexica thought that the cause was the displeasure of the gods and by 1530 the high priests claimed that the cause of the displeasure was Moctezuma who had not taking enough sacrifice in war and tampered with the traditional fabric of society (through his reforms). To avoid facing the same fate as their emperor, his brother and his cousin, Cuitahuac and Cuautemoc respectively, deposed of Moctezuma and handing him over to the ruling council who decided to sacrifice him to try to appease the gods. By coincidence the plague would soon after die out in the south due to its relative isolation because of the large deaths caused and in some parts would completely die out while in others it would continue. seeing this as a sign the high priests and the council elected Cuautemoc as the tenth Tlatoani claiming that choosing his brother would have angered the gods again. Cuitahuac displeased by this choose would leave Tenochtitlan and start a rebellion in the north claiming himself as the rightful Tlatoani. Though Tenochtitlan would try to crush the revolt Texcoco would revolt as well soon after out of anger for being treated as another vassal of the Great Lake City, and Cuatamoc would be forced to send the troops he was mustering to quash Texcoco which would happen relatively quickly though, but it would give his cousin the necessary time to arrange a defence and protect himself against the imperial onslaught with the Aztec involved in a civil war Tlaxcala would take advantage and restart the war with Mexica taking several of the southern tributary regions.
It would be in these troubled times that the first Europeans came into contact with the war ravaged Aztecs. In late 1532 a group of 40 French explorers lead by a Caracas adventurer known today as Bernard Audibert a métisses (mestizo or mixed blood) a son of one of the Averill's men would land near the coastal city of Tochpan on the very outskirts of the Aztec domain. They would be received with suspicion and fright as they came with horses and strange artifacts of steel and fire. News would swiftly travel to all the warring factions and all three would swiftly come to believe that the gods had finally returned. Within a few an imperial ambassador would come to Tochpan to meet with these strangers. The early inability to communicate would only further add to the confusion and the French would be hurried to the capital lured by the rare metals and exotic clothing these natives wore. Luckily one of the French who was traveling with the expedition who had come into previous contact with the Mayan speaking natives of the Yucatan and central Columbia would be able to communicate with a member of the council who also spoke the Mayan language due to his previous contact with them and with the Zapotec. With in a few more weeks, though, broken a translated dialogue had begun.
The French would be completely taking back by the beautiful capital of the Aztecs and many would comment not having seen such a site since leaving the old continent, and claiming the population to be in the millions (of course extremely exaggerated). Unlike the Spanish in OTL these adventurers were merely looking to get to know more about the continent and realized they weren't strong enough in numbers to try to conquer this great race, nor did they want to though many would not be afraid to steal some precious artifacts here and there. Another aspect they noticed in these natives was the amount of organization they possessed far more advanced then any other they had seen up until that moment. Though surprised and taking in by this great civilization they were disgusted by the sacrifices that took place daily and many came to fear what would happen in the future should they anger their hosts.
While all of this was happening the war was still raging in the north and south of the Aztec domain. But the arrival of the so called gods in the capital put a temporary end to Cuitahuac's rebellion as he journeyed to the capital under the guise of wanting to make peace to meet with these gods (and try to get them to accept him as emperor). but the southern war would continue to rage on as the Tlaxcala continued to seize southern provinces of the Aztec.
The exchange of pleasantries between the two parties would continue amidst the war as the entire capital was in an uproar and cheers over the return of the gods. The great animals they rode (horses) both scared and amazed them and the armor they wore helped extend the superstition arising. While this happened amongst the commoners and the troops who were emboldened by the sight of the heavenly lords and helped raised the morale to keep fighting, to gain more sacrifices (misinterpreting the French disgust as displeasure in the "low" amount of lives being offered to them), the nobility and the emperor would soon discover another truth thanks to the broken translations going on between the translators. They would, within a few days of the French arrival, learn of the true origins of the French and of the lands to the east. While many amongst the court and the high priests thought it would be wise to kill the "imposter" Cuautemoc and the leading generals and nobles refused as they were fascinated by the stories and information the Frenchmen possessed and above all else they were very interested in what the French possessed, and what role the French and their weapons could have on the outcome of the Aztec empire and its future. The news that other Europeans were also in the New World and that the warlike Iberian race was across the great water also piqued Cuautemoc interest. The exchanges would slowly improve as the nobility and the emperor would begin treating the visitors even better then before as they thirsted for more knowledge and hoped to create a friendship with the French.
When Cuitahuac came to the city to meet Europeans he would be amazed to see them and learn about them but before he could say anything and try to raise a problem in the capital his cousin and the nobles would have him killed in secret to end the revolt claiming it was the anger of the gods, also his supporters amongst the clergy and those who wanted to do away with the current government would also be murdered while the Europeans visited the city effectively ending the rebellion and cementing the control of Cuautemoc over the Aztec empire.
With the rebellion at an end, the Aztec forces would be able to deal with the Tlaxcala much easier, some of the French would go to see how the native empire fought its enemies. while most decided to stay in the capital to continue speaking with the ruling class, eventually an understanding of sorts would be established between the two parties and the French would leave on good terms, and, fascinated by these organized savages, while the Aztecs came out of the talks with a better understanding of many things including the existanse of vast lands unknown to them, this would however put at odds many of the beliefs of the ruling class though the populace remained all the same ignorant as before, The French who had remained in the Aztec empire would continue to receive the highest treatment and would start trying to learn more about this culture. One of them previously a mercenary in Europe would be persuaded to aid the Aztec forces as an advisor of sorts to help fight the Tlaxcala forces currently occupying the south.
With the return of Benard's party would send great shocks through the French settlements and eventually back home in Europe where the news of a rich and organized native culture brought many wishes for trade or conquest to the minds of the European rulers. In N.M. it would spark a similar interest to those of Caracas, trade and a possible ally in the New World. More parties would soon begin traveling to Tenochtitlan were they would be welcomed, aided by the French who had remained in the city a better communication would be established between the two people by 1536, a trade relationship would be established. However, some tensions would exist between the French and the religious faction who disagreed on the Aztec faith, but Cuautemoc would try to keep tensions down so that relations could continue progressing. Another problem was that the diseases that had previously died down a bit were starting u again, the French while not telling the Aztecs that the germs were brought by them claimed they could help stop the infections, this would help further relations between the groups. Despite the war and the deaths caused by sickness the Aztec empire would remain relatively stable in this period and the new missions to Tenochtitlan continued to grow and with them came more and more French knowledge and products which would greatly interest the Aztec people - largely the warrior and merchant caste - couldn't get enough of the new items and ideas coming in to their homeland, while the peasants and priests grew increasingly scared, the nobles and the emperor would agree to a verbal arrangement allowing the French to trade freely with the Aztecs, and give them precious metals which they saw the Europeans were mainly interested in in exchange for French technology largely the knowledge of metal working and agricultural methods which Cuautemoc saw as a way to increase productivity, and aid the war. Another agreement would allow the Aztecs access to horses and French mercenaries from Nuovelle Marseille which would by 1540 help put and end to the war with Tlaxcala as the Aztec and French forces finally tool Tlaxcala itself and finally after generations of fighting submit them to Aztec rule. The French firearms and horses greatly scared the natives and broke their will to fight. From 1540 onwards Tenochtitlan would return to the reforms which had taking the life of Moctezuma II and centralization of power would once again begin and Technoctitlan now in control of new found knowledge and technology (smelting, horses and agricultural technology) would begin new sweeping reforms unseen anywhere in the new word to become a true state and not just a tributary empire, trying to fully integrate the different provinces and people into the nascent Nuhualaca (Nuhua people) State. There would be extreme rebellions from the outlying provinces and from the clergy who wished to resist these changes, the response would be violent repression from the modernizing army and ruling regime which would continue the reforms no matter what because of the new information coming in from the French of European expansion in the New World and a fear of being conquered like the other natives. Also, Cuautemoc would begin learning French and making his son Tlalli and his nephew Yaotl learn it as well, alon with putting forth an attempt to adapt the Aztec writing system to a more efficient one that could help with administration. Religious reforms would be started to limit the power of the priests and bring in more power to the nobles. Socially the structure would become similar to that of European serfdom and social casts become increasingly rigid. In 1543 a large outbreak of smallpox would break out in Tenochtitlan reducing a third of the city's population, this would cause a large riot lead by the priests to try and eradicate the French and restore the contact situation. However, the revolt would be put down with the help of the French coming and going from the city, and with the revolt ending, human sacrifice would be limited and the clergy greatly reduced in numbers, the French would begin bringing in Italian medicine they purchased from traders helping a little the situation. during the rebellion Cuautemoc's son Tlalli would be killed by the mob, this would only strengthen his resolve to reform Aztec society and put an end to the internal violence. through continued efforts
The efforts to re-organize the Sztec army would continue and with the French teaching the Aztecs about metal working and horse riding the Aztec forces would quickly improve to a much stronger one them any other native military force due to their superior technology even if in small amounts, and with French support would start reforming their military tactics to great success easily ending all revolts in the empire though the revolts kept appearing due to the great resistance to assimilation attempts by Tenochtitlan. but the continued expansion of the plagues coming from Euro diseases would continue to whittle down the number of people capable of resisting the Aztec efforts, bringing some benefit from the mass deaths caused by the germs.
As time went by the reforms would go along to an extent despite resistance, though the Aztecs were off to a good start stories of the wealth the Mexica possessed would lead to future attempts by the Spaniards to conquer the region.
The Incan Civil War, The French ConnectionEdit
The Inca were another strong native race on the Colombian continent. The history of the Inca would continue along OTL path until 1529, the Inca would not suffer from the plague caused by the Europeans until 1542 unlike OTL when it started in the 1520's, but eventually the Inca would fall under the sway of the French-brought diseases though the French themselves did not journey into the Andes. When the plague hit it would first strike the northern regions swiftly killing a large part of the population and then the Sapa Inca Ninan Cuyochi (he didn't die earlier since the plague hits the Inca later) would be at a loss of what was happening and go north with several priests and warriors Soon he would also fall to smallpox along with a large amount of the north population. Within a few years the native population of Quito and around it would fall to less then 40% its original size. The death of the Sapa Inca would lead his two brothers Huascar and Atahualpa to begin a war to decide who would succeed their brother. This would start in 1546 roughly and was well in progress by the 1550's with neither side able to take the lead as the rigid paths and narrow areas of the mountain range allowed for perfect defence by either side. As the civil war progressed smallpox and other diseases continued to kill off the population who had no resistance, though, some areas high up and isolated could survive to some extent. The population would continue to decline and once the civil war ended no matter who won it would be in a situation ripe for conquest.