So perhaps this book has reached its goal. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. I respect the Indians and Aztecs because their morals and customs were Christian like and seemed as if they did the right thing all the time. The Spaniards told the king he had nothing to fear. Thus, he sent gifts of turquoise and gold to the Spaniards to pay homage to the returning gods. Throughout the entire book these cultural differences are present, forming and.
He brought them into the city and they placed him under guard. That was what my professors of English and rhetoric knew. The people of Tlaxcala greeted them with gifts and friendship. An account of the omens that announced the disaster, a description of Cortes' progress, a chronicle of the heroic battle of the ancient Mexicans in defense of their culture and of their own lives, a civilization that was lost forever, a great epic poem of the origins of Mexican nationality, The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico is already a classic book and an indispensable reading work. About Miguel Leon-Portilla Miguel León-Portilla, renowned historian and anthropologist, is best known for his work regarding Nahuatl history. The book is much different from others written about the defeat of the empire because it was written from the vantage point of the Aztecs rather then the Spanish. This section contains 513 words approx.
The foreword tries to link it to the current struggles in Latin America, and the various revolutionary movements. After reading this book one begins to understand how and why the Aztecs were conquered. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. The Coyotes desire to make Coyotes out of us, and then they will deprive us of all that is ours, the fruits of our labor which has caused us fatigue. The sentries from Tenochtitlan stood at one side of the gate, and the sentries from Tlatelolco at the other. At first the Aztecs thought that the Spanish were gods and did what they said to please them.
Aztec civilization, which heart was the Valley of Mexico, started in the 12-13th centuries when the barbaric tribe of mercenaries settled there and founded the capital Tenonchtitlan modern Mexico City. Not only was gunpowder a form of advanced technology that the Spaniards had over the Aztec people, but the use of heavy metals in their armor, and their strategic advancements were also key to the defeat of Motecuhzoma and his people. The Spanish attacked once again while they were weak and took over the city. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. They also murdered the king of Nauhtla, Cohualpopocatzin, by wounding him with arrows and then burning him alive. With permission, they prepared and began to sing and dance. Ha impartido numerosas conferencias y pertenece, como consejero, al Instituto de Civilizaciones Diferentes, de Bruselas, Bélgica; a la Sociedad de Americanistas con sede en París, Francia; a la American Anthropological Association, a la Sociedad Mexicana de Antropología, a la Academia de la Investigación Científica, a la Academia Mexicana de la Historia de la que ha sido director , a la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, a la American Historical Association, a la National Academy of Sciences ya otras instituciones culturales mexicanas y foráneas.
By August 13, 1521, the Aztec capital had surrendered to him. They refused to surrender at the command of the superior Spanish forces and thus laid their lives in service of the noble Aztec civilization. There is nothing to fear. For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Our lords, they are completely unarmed! The author manages to bring out these powerful emotions through the narrative, which I particularly appreciate. The extensive research conducted by the author is also quite impressive.
It was first published in Spanish in 1959, and in English in 1962. The book really starts out by giving a clear background of the beliefs and culture. And now you have come out of the clouds and mists to sit on your throne again. But so evocative and descriptive. If only they are watching! It has a concept that is well put together. The main key aspects to the Spanish victory, is that the Spanish were viewed as…. A History by the Defeated, for the Defeated History has always been written by the winners and for the winners.
Montezuma, who was the ruler of the Aztecs, had a funny feeling about them. I was particularly moved by the capitulation of the Aztec empire under the technologically superior Spanish army was an early historical instance of mass brutality bordering on genocide. Miguel LeonPortilla, a Mexican anthropologist, collected Aztec accounts of the conquest of Mexico and the destruction of the Aztec civilization. Read in c A necessary read if you are interested in Cortes, Moctezuma and the end of the Aztec empire. Not only did he peruse primary sources for gathering evidence which are in indigenous Aztec language , he also gives numerous cross references for further study, which is useful for college students like me. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock.
Some Coyotes are saying that we Nahuas will disappear, will vanish, our language will be heard no more, will be used no more. The Broken Spears Expanded and Updated ed. Is it true that you are the king Motecuhzoma? It is the beginning of the unspeakable brutality which the Old World brought to the New, with the end result being the wiping out of at least 90% of the population of the two Americas. Originally published in Spanish in 1959, this work draws from multiple sources written within a lifetime of the events. The most recent English edition was published in 2007. Again, the history that is taught in school tells the story of how Cortes defeated the Aztecs with just his thin numbers of Soldiers, and to realize that he aligned himself with this large group of natives, who then pursued a personal vendetta against this virtually innocent neighboring tribe is shocking. The following sections break down the role of the proceeding war, then the effect of disease and war upon the Aztecs.
The Broken Spears Expanded and Updated ed. It's moving, tragic, and sad. Sometimes we hear that we Nahuas are vanishing, but the census figures speak very differently. It is a fairly quick read and well worth the time if you want to round out your knowledge of the events leading up to and following the fall of Tenochtitlan. Near Fine 8vo hardcover with a Fair only unclipped dust jacket; quarter-bound maroon cloth with brick-red paper-coverd boards, gilt spine lettering, 168 pages, numerous illustrations; no inscriptions, stamps or text markings. I can honestly say that all of the information that I absorbed from reading these accounts was brand new for me.