Mexico and the Spanish Conquest

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2006 - History - 261 pages
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What role did indigenous peoples play in the Spanish conquest of Mexico? Ross Hassig explores this question in Mexico and the Spanish Conquest by incorporating primary accounts from the Indians of Mexico and revisiting the events of the conquest against the backdrop of the Aztec empire, the culture and politics of Mesoamerica, and the military dynamics of both sides. He analyzes the weapons, tactics, and strategies employed by both the Indians and the Spaniards, and concludes that the conquest was less a Spanish victory than it was a victory of Indians over other Indians, which the Spaniards were able to exploit to their own advantage.

In this second edition of his classic work, Hassig incorporates new research in the same concise manner that made the original edition so popular and provides further explanations of the actions and motivations of Cortés, Moteuczoma, and other key figures. He also explores their impact on larger events and examines in greater detail Spanish military tactics and strategies.

  

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The historical narrative in this book focuses mostly on military events, but there is some political history as well, for those don't who don't care so much about the range of Spanish harquebuses. The ... Read full review

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great explanation and gives you information of everything. However, there are various complex words used.

Contents

Introduction
3
Aftermath
176
Consequence and Conclusion
184
Brief Sketches of the Participants 195
194
Glossary
227
Index
245
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Page 238 - recibida en || México y Puebla || El ano de 1565 || a solicitud del Gobernador y Cabildo de Naturales de Tlaxcala, || Sobre los servicios que prestaron los Tlaxcaltecas a Hernán Cortes || en la Conquista de México. || siendo los testigos algunos de los mismos conquistadores.

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Ross Hassig , a historical anthropologist specializing in Mesoamerica, is the author of Time, History, and Belief in Aztec and Colonial Mexico; Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control; and Trade, Tribute, and Transportation: The Sixteenth-Century Political Economy of the Valley of Mexico.

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