The Broken Spears

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_The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of _Mexico, edited and with an introduction by Miguel Leon-Portillo (Boston: Beacon Press, 1992), pp. 196 Reviewed by: Nicholas Adams Broken Spears is an accumulated, chronological collection of texts and accounts of the invasion of the Aztec empire by the Spanish from April 22, 1519 to August 13, 1521. This time period from arrival to the surrender of the Aztec empire to the Spanish is filled with interactions between two different people and the events that encompass what it takes to conquer an indigenous people with complete disregard. Broken Spears also allows the history of the conquest of the Aztec empire to be seen from the Aztec point of view, as priests and natives who survived the conquest were able to write down accounts of the Spanish and what they did to the Aztec people. This produces a balance between what the conquerors wrote and what the Aztecs endured, because most history is written by the conquering party or the sustained civilizations and cultures. Spanish conquistador, Cortes and about six hundred Spaniards landed at Veracruz on April 22, 1519. They came with ambitions of greed, riches, and the conversion of the Aztec people into Christians and Spanish counterparts by what seems force, due to their feeling that the aztecs were barbaric people. They brought with them horses, armory , guns and swords, and to the Aztecs’ demise, disease. The Spanish were considered Gods, and guests of Motecuhzoma(god) as they entered the historic metropolis city of Tenochtitlan, where they reached the summit of a pyramid where the main temple was built. There they give an account of the awes of the city, and its complex structure: three causeways, irrigated water to the city, canoe travel, great marketplace, fortresses, and a view of all surrounding areas. A direct showing of the crudeness of the Spanish in their conquest is the way in which they slaughtered during the festival in Tenochtitlan. It is...
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