montezuma

Montezuma II

[mon-tuh-zoo-muh]
noun
c1470–1520, last Aztec emperor of Mexico 1502–20.
Also, Moctezuma.


Origin:
< Spanish < Nahuatl Motēuczōmah, Motēcuhzōmah, equivalent to mo- reflexive pronunciation + tēuc(tli) lord, nobleman + zōmah frowned in anger, i.e., the one who became angry like a nobleman

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Montezuma II (ˌmɒntɪˈzuːmə)
 
n
1466--1520, Aztec emperor of Mexico (?1502--20). He was overthrown and killed by the Spanish conquistador Cortés

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Montezuma [(mon-tuh-zooh-muh)]

An Aztec emperor of the sixteenth century. He was overthrown by the Spanish conquistadores under Hernando Cortés.

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montezuma

city, seat of Winona county, southeastern Minnesota, U.S. It lies in the Hiawatha Valley on the Mississippi River (bridged to Wisconsin), backed by high bluffs, in a mixed-farming area, about 45 miles (70 km) east of Rochester. Franciscan missionary Louis Hennepin visited the area about 1680; other missionaries and fur traders followed. The city-founded in 1851 by steamboat captain Orrin Smith-was called Montezuma when laid out in 1852 but was renamed to honour a legendary Sioux princess, who legend says jumped to her death from the bluffs after having been denied the right to marry a man she loved. Large numbers of Polish and German immigrants settled there. The city served as a supply point for westbound settlers, and its early growth as a river port and wheat-shipping, lumbering, and flour-milling centre was boosted by the construction of the railroad in 1862. After 1900 timber and wheat operations declined, and diversified industries arose.

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