The Aztecs And Cortes


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Compare the different accounts by the Aztecs and Cortes. Try to answer the follow questions –How do they differ? Which account is more believable? Which is more accurate? What impressions do these different accounts foster among the people who read them? How did these accounts influence Native American behavior toward Europeans? Europeans’ behavior toward Native Americans? Method:

Compare the two written reports.


An Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico: Hernan Cortes: from Second Letter to Charles V, 1520: Solution:

Determine which account is more accurate and more closely reflects what really happened at the Aztec capital.

Then, determine the impact these types of differing accounts had on the people who read them. Did the letters that Cortes send back to Spain effect Spanish exploration policy? Did it effect the way European countries treated Native Americans?