The aztec account of the spanish

The Indians appear in some chronicles as idolatrous savages given over to cannibalism and sodomy, while in others they are described as models of natural virtue.

Itzcoatl then undertook further conquests in the valley of Morelossubjecting the city state of Cuauhnahuac today Cuernavaca. The Codices reveal that the Aztecs were equally committed to spreading the realm of their own Gods, particularly the blood thirsty Huitzilopochtli.

Ultimately, it was the clash of the two religions that led to the destruction of the Aztec Empire. They also recorded their discourses in their own characters and figures, and in this manner they set down the Paternoster, the Ave Maria and all of the Christian doctrine.

Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire

This codex was probably compiled from the data assembled before by Fray Diego de Duran, who is known to have had access to many other native accounts which have since been lost.

With this new identity came the legend of Quetzalcoatl. A brief consideration of their efforts to record the past will illustrate their earnest desire to depict their own version of this most shattering event.

Approximately Spaniards with only 16 horses, plus their Indian Allies, engaged armies that outnumbered them at least ten to one. Each family had their own garden plot where they grew maize, fruits, herbs, medicines and other important plants.

These raised beds were separated by narrow canals, which allowed farmers to move between them by canoe. A typical town would have a weekly market every five dayswhile larger cities held markets every day. Even with their Indian allies the Conquistadors never numbered more that 25, armed men in their initial move toward the Aztec Capital.

When the city of Tenochtitlan became a major urban center, water was supplied to the city through aqueducts from springs on the banks of the lake, and they organized a system that collected human waste for use as fertilizer.

To understand how a Toltec legend was to affect the Aztecs, we must take a quick look at their history. We have also drawn several passages from briefer works in Nahuatl.

The Aztec Vault

They moved there from Texcoco; they went to set forth by way of Quauhtitlan; they came to settle themselves at Tlacopan. For example they constantly raided the Tlaxcalans, their bravest foe, never seeking to conquer them, but preserving them as a source for sacrificial material.

The relevant passages from the manuscript, which has been translated from Nahuatl into Spanish by Dr. They explain the way the Aztecs viewed the invaders and how their rulers attempted to handle them.

Its name was smallpox. Through this victory Tenochtitlan became the dominant city state in the Valley of Mexico, and the alliance between the three city-states provided the basis on which the Aztec Empire was built. The brave warriors waged war in boats; the shield-boatmen shot arrows at them.

Their swords are iron; their bows are iron; their shields are iron; their spears are iron. In Yucatan and Honduras there were certain books in which the Indians recorded the events of their times, together with their knowledge of plants, animals and other natural things.

These were small polities ruled by a hereditary leader tlatoani from a legitimate noble dynasty. Motecuzoma tested the attitudes of the cities around the valley by requesting laborers for the enlargement of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan.

Fray Bernadinolater made a resume of it in Spanish. Appendix Appendix The chronicles and other accounts written by the men who discovered and conquered the New World were a startling revelation to the Europe of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Tizoc is mostly known as the namesake of the Stone of Tizoc a monumental sculpture Nahuatl temalacatldecorated with representation of Tizoc's conquests.

We have but to read the accounts of battles as revealed in the Old Testament, The Illiad of Homer, or Greek and Roman History, to recognize that the Spaniards were relatively merciful. The messengers told him: Identified with the Sun, their "giver of life," their fear that it would not return, led to the daily ripping out of human hearts, to placate him.

Prescott read and used all the formal writings from the sixteenth century, although few had been published by the mid-nineteenth century when he was writing. They bore their leather shields and their iron spears in their hands, but their swords hung down from the necks of the stags.

He also instituted a strict sumptuary code limiting the types of luxury goods that could be consumed by commoners. Angel Maria Garibay K, counted more than 40 manuscripts containing original Aztec records.

It presents for the first time, and in detail, a picture of the destruction of Nahuatl culture, as witnessed by a few of its survivors. The messengers then reported back to Montezuma. These two accounts are full-blown narratives from the viewpoint of the Spanish opponents.Diet.

The principal food of the Aztec was a thin cornmeal pancake called a tlaxcalli. (In Spanish, it is called a tortilla.) They used the tlaxcallis to scoop up foods while they ate or they wrapped the foods in the tlaxcalli to form tacos.

The Aztec account of the conquest of Mexico is found in Book XII of the Florentine Codex.

Tenochtitlán: History of Aztec Capital

Much of the book is a tale of the arrival of the Spaniards in Tenochtitlán, the encounter with Moctezuma, the roust of the small band of conquistadors, and the siege and fall of the Aztec capital city. MEXICA Mexica (Meh-shee-kah) is the original Nahuatl (the so-called Aztec language) way of pronouncing Mexican, Mexicano, and Chicano and Chicana.

The Mexica was the last of our great Anahuac civilizations ( to ). Mexica is the only one of our cultures and civilizations which has enough surviving material from which we can reconstruct our Anahuac nation.

A Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico In Hernan Cortés sailed from Cuba, landed in Mexico and made his way to the Aztec capital. Miguel Leon­Portilla, a Mexican anthropologist, gathered accounts by the Aztecs, some.

Jan 01,  · While the Aztec account of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico does not basically change the facts we are already familiar with, it does detail brutality and massacres on the part of the Spaniards that historians have simply glossed over.

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