The site where Emperor Cuauhtemoc surrendered the Aztec Empire to Cortes is commemorated by a fading plaque above aa used auto parts store on Constancia Street in the inner-city Pervalvillo neighborhood of Mexico City. Also, there is only one small obscure statue of Hernando Cortes in Mexico City. In fact, Diego Rivera portrays Cortes as a deformed villain on his mural in the National Palace. Cortes believed that it was his right to conquer the Aztecs because he could not get them to convert to Christianity and stop human sacrificing. One cannot forget that Cortes became the richest man in the world by destroying Tenochtitlan. Nor can one forget that he built the foundations of modern Mexico on top of the ruins of Tenochtitlan.