7. Why ally with the Quauhquecholteca?

Why would the Spanish  want to ally with the Quauhquecholteca?

Quauhquechollan was politically important because of its geographic location for two reasons: 

  1. Quauhquechollan was at the frontier between the two most powerful military and political forces of the day: the Mexica (Aztec) and the Tlaxcalteca.
  2. Quauhquechollan was also located at the crossroads of major trade routes that connected the Basin of Mexico with the Puebla/Tlaxcala Valley, and that extended as far as Veracruz and Central America. It was in a perfect geographic position to influence and control trade, monitor military movements, and gather intelligence.