Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico

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For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the ...

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The Broken Spears 2007 Revised Edition: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico

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Overview

For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. León-Portilla's new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.

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A moving and powerful account, a unique reading experience which should not be missed by any reader interested in history.—Los Angeles Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fascinating and moving native Aztec descriptions of Cortez's conquest of Mexico. First collected in 1962, now in a new expanded and updated edition. (May)
Booknews
**** Cited in BCL3, this work was originally published in Spanish as Vision de los vencidos (1959) and appeared in English in 1962. This is an expanded and updated edition which includes accounts from Aztec descendants as well as the voices of those who actually experienced the Spanish conquest. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807055007
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 71,464
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Translator's Note
Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 Omens Foretelling the Arrival of the Spaniards 3
Ch. 2 First Reports of the Spaniards' Arrival 13
Ch. 3 The Messengers' Journeys 21
Ch. 4 Motecuhzoma's Terror and Apathy 32
Ch. 5 The Spaniards March on Tlaxcala and Cholula 37
Ch. 6 The Gifts of Gold: The God Tezcatlipoca Appears 50
Ch. 7 The Spaniards Are Welcomed in Tezcoco 56
Ch. 8 The Spaniards Arrive in Tenochtitlan 62
Ch. 9 The Massacre in the Main Temple during the Fiesta of Toxcatl 70
Ch. 10 The Night of Sorrows 83
Ch. 11 The Siege of Tenochtitlan 91
Ch. 12 Spanish Raids into the Besieged City 103
Ch. 13 The Surrender of Tenochtitlan 115
Ch. 14 The Story of the Conquest as Told by the Anonymous Authors of Tlatelolco 127
Ch. 15 Elegies on the Fall of the City 145
Ch. 16 Aftermath 150
Appendix 175
Selected Bibliography 183
Index 189
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    Posted November 27, 2012

    Everyone should read this book!

    Was very impressed with the detail of this book. The evets are very graphic and pulls you into the events that occur.

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    Posted July 14, 2013

    Educate people about who is who and why we are living in corrupt

    Educate people about who is who and why we are living in corrupt world 

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