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 through the words of Spanish victors.
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Editorial Reviews

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)
**** 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 (
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807055014
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
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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