Ladies, if you think you have a hard time keeping a man, wait until you hear of this girl’s tale. Right around 1509–1510, the Great Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II had a daughter who was dubbed “Tecuichpotzin Ixcaxochitzin,” which means “Lord’s Daughter.” So far, so good.
Widowed at the tender age of 10
The young heiress, who would eventually end up being the last Aztec Empress, got her matrimonial start young. First, she was married to this other Aztec emperor named Atlixcatzin. Not long after the marriage though, he kicked the bucket and left her a widow at the age of ten.
Not long after, things would continue to go downhill as Cortez and the Spanish arrived on the scene in 1519. When the young Empress’s father was killed by the Spanish, the Aztecs decided it was time to marry her to husband number two who turned out to be her Uncle, Emperor Cuitláhuac.
Cortez cockblocks yet again
Though the Aztecs managed to momentarily fight off the Spanish, they managed to leave behind the unwelcome gift of smallpox. It didn’t take it long to claim the empress’s new husband, leaving her widowed yet again.
Well, no sooner did she manage to move on, Cortez returned and ultimately took out husband number three. Cortez apparently respected number three’s wish that his young wife not be harmed though, so she was converted to Catholicism and renamed “Doña Isabel.” For marriage number four, she decided to try her hand with a Spaniard.
And you thought your teen years were rough
Unfortunately, he didn’t last long either and she found herself widowed for the fourth time at age 17. After Cortez accidentally knocked her up himself, she went on to husband number five, once more falling for the ‘not long for this world’ type. As it turned out the sixth, yes sixth, time was a charm and she married her final husband, Juan Cano de Saavedra, in 1532.
By the time she died herself at 50, she had not only outlived five husbands, but also given birth to seven kids. She had also amassed incredible wealth and established a noble line that still carries on her proud tradition of refusing to die to this day.