Cortez committed the first of many acts of barbarism designed to intimidate the Mayans. In Cholua, Cortez demanded 2,000 soldirs from the Cholulans who, thinking this would be their chance, gleefully assembled in the public square. In the shadow of the largest pyramid in the world, the Spaniards opened fire and simply shot most of them. (...) Cortez continued his genocide, [cultural destruction] razing cultural masterpieces and burning manuscripts and with the whip of the Spanish Inquisition, insisted that the mexicas convert to Christianity. What Aztec documents survived were later collected and burnt by Christian missionaries.