The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico

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Beacon Press, 1992 - History - 196 pages
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In this updated edition of the classic THE BROKEN SPEARS, Leon-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. Those texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors.

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User Review  - Mrs.Stansbury - LibraryThing

I enjoyed reading the Aztec account of the colonization of Colonial Mexico. The book is a translation of Nahuatl writings. See- the Spanish provided an alphabet which the Aztecs did not have prior to ... Read full review

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User Review  - jcvogan1 - LibraryThing

A worthwhile attempt at creating an Aztec narrative of the Conquest, but since the sources are all Spanish or oral the book is trying to be something that can't exist. Read full review


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Miguel Leon-Portilla, author of more than forty books including "Broken Spears", is the world's leading scholar on Mesoamerican literature. He lives in Mexico.

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