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The Aztecs, the Conquistadors, and the making of Mexican culture /
Peter O. Koch.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006.
description
viii, 275 p. : ill.
ISBN
0786422521 (softcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006.
isbn
0786422521 (softcover : alk. paper)
contents note
The flight of the feathered serpent -- The Spanish invasion -- The flight from Aztlán -- The voyage of Francisco de Córdoba -- A stone rising from the water -- The Grijalva expedition -- The road to empire -- In search of fame and fortune -- Divine dedication -- Tales of the bearded men -- The empire that was Montezuma's -- Native alliances -- The long road to Tlaxcala -- The massacre at Cholula -- Into the realm of enchantment -- The reins of power -- The struggle for control of Mexico -- The rage of the sun god -- La noche triste -- A foregone conclusion.
catalogue key
5818023
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This book discusses the battles between the Spanish explorers and the Aztecs--battles that culminated in the ruin of a civilization. Alternating between Aztec and Spanish history, it discusses events and motivations on each side and includes a thorough account of the struggle between Cortés and Montezuma"--Provided by publisher.
Main Description
Tracing events from the discovery of the New World through the fall of the Aztec empire in 1521, this book discusses the battles between the Spanish explorers and the Aztecs-battles that culminated in the ruin of a civilization. The first half of the work alternates between Aztec and Spanish history, discussing events and motivations on each side as the two cultures expanded toward one another on their way to inevitable conflict. Placing special emphasis on Aztec mythology and religious beliefs, the author explains how the Spanish exploited the Aztecs' own cultural practices to insure the success of their invasion. The gold-and-glory engines driving the Spanish Crown and the actions of contemporary Spanish explorers such as Juan Ponce de León and Francisco Cordoba are examined. The concluding chapters give a thorough account of the struggle between Hernán Cortés and the Aztec ruler Montezuma, including the role of other indigenous tribes in the eventual downfall of the empire. The final chapter details the siege of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, and summarizes the ultimate destruction of the Aztec civilization.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Alternating between Aztec and Spanish history, this book discusses events and motivations on each side and includes a through account of the struggle between Cortés and Montezuma.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
The Flight of the Feathered Serpentp. 5
The Spanish Invasionp. 21
The Flight from Aztlanp. 32
The Voyage of Francisco de Cordobap. 48
A Stone Rising from the Waterp. 57
The Grijalva Expeditionp. 72
The Road to Empirep. 84
In Search of Fame and Fortunep. 99
Divine Dedicationp. 109
Tales of the Bearded Menp. 119
The Empire That Was Montezuma'sp. 133
Native Alliancesp. 149
The Long Road to Tlaxcalap. 163
The Massacre at Cholulap. 177
Into the Realm of Enchantmentp. 185
The Reins of Powerp. 202
The Struggle for Control of Mexicop. 214
The Rage of the Sun Godp. 229
La Noche Tristep. 237
A Foregone Conclusionp. 251
Chapter Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 269
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