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  • Hardcover
  • 560
  • When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History
  • Matthew Restall
  • English
  • 03 October 2018
  • 9780062427267

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characters Í When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History Mary sources and overlooked accounts by conuistadors and Aztecs alike Restall explores Cortés’s and Montezuma’s posthumous reputations their achievements and failures and the worlds in which they lived leading step by step to a dramatic inversion of the old story As Restall takes us through this sweeping revisionist account of a pivotal moment in modern civilization he calls into uestion our view of the history of the Americas and indeed of history itse. wow eye opener shedding away all the legendsgenocide to the tenth powerno spoiler alerts here The author brilliant detective work

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characters Í When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando Cortés that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conuest of the AmericasOn November 8 1519 the Spanish conuistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma the Aztec emperor at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan This introduction the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas has long been the symbol. This book s mission is actually a very cool one it exposes the story of Montezuma welcoming Cortez as the reincarnation of uetzalcoatl as a long storied fabrication that actually began with the confusion of the conuistadors themselves Evidence is presented that Cortez was neither a hero nor a villain but merely a uick witted con man who was possibly putting a uixotic spin on the events around him to his fellow conuistadors even as they wandered around in Tenochtitlan The author also presents evidence that the real Spanish Mexican War didn t start until long after Montezuma s fictional surrender The fact that the conuistadors themselves never really had any curiosity about the actual politics of their warfare attests to the persuasiveness of Cortez s narrativeThe basic idea of weaving in all our centuries of Cortez myth is also interesting at least in theory The difficulty of establishing an origin

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characters Í When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History Of Cortés’s bold and brilliant military genius Montezuma on the other hand is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphereBut is this really what happened In a departure from traditional tellings When Montezuma Met Cortés uses “the Meeting” as Restall dubs their first encounter as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Cortés and Montezuma Drawing on rare pri. Next year will be the 500th anniversary of Cortes s entrance into Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztec peoples of Mesoamerica Such a long span of time helps explain the story s blurring Much of what we think we know of the Aztecs and the Spanish conuest of Mexico is wrong Restall calls his history a revisionist one because he tries to correct the misperceptions and exaggerations which have grown from the various histories written about those events He explains that those blurred lines are historyIn effect his book explains how the Cortes story has hurdled history to become mythohistory Restall doesn t tell the story chronologically until the end of the book Nevertheless all the essential elements are here as he spends time with the particular facts which make it up So here are detailed discussions of Cortes s mission the famous burning of the boats who Marina Cortes s Nahua translatorlover was the