Cortes and the Fall of the Aztec Empire Caesar C. Cantu

ISBN: 9780685168035

Published: June 1966

Hardcover

384 pages


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Cortes and the Fall of the Aztec Empire  by  Caesar C. Cantu

Cortes and the Fall of the Aztec Empire by Caesar C. Cantu
June 1966 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 384 pages | ISBN: 9780685168035 | 3.34 Mb

It is generally believed that Cortes, with a handful of followers, succeeded in conquering Mexico in a very short while. Taking into account that the Aztec empire had at the time of the conquest a population of some six million people, this eventMoreIt is generally believed that Cortes, with a handful of followers, succeeded in conquering Mexico in a very short while. Taking into account that the Aztec empire had at the time of the conquest a population of some six million people, this event could very well be cataloged on the verge of the incredible and the fantastic.Certainly the conquest of Mexico by Cortes was a remarkable accomplishment, but if one will consider all the circumstances and causes that made it possible, matters are not exactly as they seem to be on the surface.

It is true that Cortes was sagacious, intelligent, and brave and that these qualities, combined with his military ability and ambition for gold and fame, helped him in fulfilling his mission. It is also true that if the Spaniards had not had Cortes to lead them the campaign of conquest would have failed.Nevertheless, there are many other factors that made the conquest of Mexico possible. For one, the subjugation of the Aztecs was not brought about entirely by Spanish arms.

Cortes, from the moment he set foot on Mexican soil, undertook a campaign of subversion and hatred and took advantage of the superstition, jealousy, and distrust that existed among the natives. He managed to set brother against brother, and cashed in on the spoils. He also succeeded in organizing an Indian army whose strength was estimated at two-hundred thousand men.

With specious promises and under false pretenses, Cortes brought this sizeable force against the Aztecs. It was, in fact, these native troops the ones that carried the heavy burden of the battles of conquest.One of the purposes of this book is to present the antecedents and facts of the military campaign of Cortes and to describe episodes which for some reason or other, are seldom revealed in other books- thus adding another dimension to the fascinating drama of the Spanish conquest.When the reader takes into account all the motivations and factors involved, he will be in a position to judge for himself the extent of the participation of Cortes, his capability as a military strategist, and the true particulars of the conquest of the Aztec empire.



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