A City Guide To Cornwall for Columbus and Montezuma perceived those unlike themselves as either a lower or a higher form of life. Where Columbus saw difference, he assumed inferiority. Where Montezuma saw difference, he assumed superiority. Neither could understand the other as different yet equal. Both men, mostly owing to strongly held religious and racial beliefs, proved incapable of escaping themselves. Consequently, neither could effectively understand those who were different. Corts, to be sure, was very skilled at communicating with the native people. A City Guide To Cornwall 2016.