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  • Essay On Tenochtitlan

    The capitol of the Aztecs, Tenochtitlan, was in existence from the year 1325 until 1521 when it was taken over by Hernan Cortez and his men. Tenochtitlan was located in the Valley of Mexico on an island in Lake Texcoco. It was estimated that the size of this city-state was 8 – 13.5 km2. Tenochtitlan wasn’t the only city-state on this island, Tlatelolco was also located here, Tenochtitlan’s sister city. Legend says that this site was chosen because Huitzlopochtli, the god of war, ordered them to look for “the prickly pear cactus and build a temple in his honor” [3]. This is when they found the cactus, on an island, in the middle of the lake. The Mexica’s quickly began building and soon would become what we now consider one of the grandest…

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  • Victors And Vanquished Analysis

    Massive amounts of native people swelled Cortes’s ranks in defiance of the Mexica tributary system. Up to 100,000 Tlaxcalans joined with Cortes when he marched on Tenochtitlan. Schwartz states that “such figures emphasizes the fact that in many ways the conquest of Tenochtitlan and the fall of the Mexica Empire was as much a struggle among indigenous peoples as it was a clash of the Old and New Worlds” (Schwartz 15). When the Spanish arrived, “the peoples of the Mexica did not form a single…

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  • The Aztec Account Of The Conquest Of Mexico And The Conquest Of New Spain, By Bernal Diaz

    While the idea that the arrival of Europeans to “The New World” brought upon the indigenous cultures of America no small amount of strife and misery, as well as fame and fortune upon the Spanish is widely accepted as fact, there is limitless dissention among historians about the true history of the conquest of “New Spain”. One event that exemplifies this dissention is that of the Siege of Tenochtitlan. In the following analysis I will describe and discuss two conflicting accounts that document…

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  • Aztec Civilization Of Mexico: The Battle Of Tenochtitlán

    Battle of Tenochtitlán The Battle of Tenochtitlán took place in the city of Tenochtitlán from 26 May to 13 August 1521. It narrates how the Aztec Empire commanded by Moctezuma II fell to the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés. Despite the numerous battles between the Spaniards and the Aztecs, the Aztecs were unable to defeat Hernán Cortés and his troops. The Spaniards weapon superiority, indigenous assistance and other key factors led to the downfall of the Aztec civilization. This episode…

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  • The Fall Of The Aztec Empire Essay

    If left up to the text of the 16th century the fall of the Aztec Empire would be accredited only to Cortes, but as Kevin O. Collins stressed in The Fatal Flaws of the Aztec Empire we see that we must look past the conquest and look more to the political, and religious view of the Aztec. Writers, such as William Prescott saw the flaws in the manuscripts written by those under Cortes and stressed that it was the mismanagement of Tenochtitlan that caused its fall. Unfortunately for this paper I…

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  • The Broken Spears Summary

    society in ancient Mesoamerica. The people of the Aztec society were educated, studied many subjects of interest such as astrology, and built great architectural pyramids that were breathtaking and beautiful. The capital of Tenochtitlán was the most advanced city at the time than any European city. The Aztec capital was able to grow due to the conquering of nearby territories…

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  • How The Conquistadors Conquered The Aztec

    eventual siege and conquest of the Mexica capital city Tenochtitlán in August 1521. While many are under the impression that it is a requirement to include information on the actual final weeks and events surrounding Tenochtitlán, I find it easiest to stay in the realm of history and away from dramatization by…

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  • Negative Impact Of Hernan Cortes

    name and was aggressive towards the people there. But in his defense he wanted money and he wanted glory so when you want those stuff you become greedy and you force yourself to kill and people weren’t aware that it wasn’t his intension is was his intention but he became like that because he wanted money and glory he started to kill and burn ships down. Because of this people had a negative impact from him any country he wanted to control or take over he would kill that’s why there was a…

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  • Aztec Empire Essay

    1324 A.D., the Aztecs built Tenochtitlan. Tenochtitlan eventually held a quarter of a million people. They were able to expand their land to twenty-five hundred acres, by pounding stakes into the lake bed, lashing them with reeds, and pouring mud and rocks into the water. In 1500, Tenochtitlan held two hundred thousand people; twice the population of London or Rome. Building Tenochtitlan took thousands of craftsmen and was covered in intricate, crisscrossed canals. To decide precise days for…

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  • Why Did Cortes Win The Aztec War

    them and kill them off if they didn’t convert to Catholic. Also when Cortes attacked, the Aztecs were caught with smallpox and they didn’t have the antidote and weren’t used to it the disease. Smallpox would’ve killed off most of the Aztecs anyway and Cortes would see this weakness and he would take the chance to destroy them very easily. Cortes was looking for gold and glory, he knew there was people in Mexico so, he took advantage of that and used them to get his wealth and gold. He also…

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