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The Great Spanish Conquest behind Hernando Cortes


Aztec thinking was all but erased from history after their defeat by the Spanish. Photograph: Archivo Iconografico/Co...

Aztec thinking was all but erased from history after their defeat by the Spanish. Photograph: Archivo Iconografico/Co...

Defeat by the Spanish

Explanation: This portrait is a very appealing image to see and analyse because you can observe the suffrage of the native towards Cortes. It portrays Cortes on this high horse and looking superior to the rest of the natives showing the emotion of domination and suffrage among the people. It presents this image of domination and gives a very real image of how the conquest was not all peace and treaty.

Hernan Cortes and Moctezuma II: Two views of the same reality (Secondary Source)
"Cortés 2000 [2 letter]: 101; Tapia 2002: 78) and, sometimes, absolutely desperate, as the decision to sink the ships. Although this performance, analyzed in context, does not seem such a "Trojan fact.""(Bravo, 18)_

Explanation: This article contains very important details that help create this portrait of the important historical event that took place in Tenochtitlan, the article is much elaborated in details and would be a good source to reach out too. The article is suitable for academic research because the article has different works from many different authors who have a very distinctive view of our historical figure like Cortes. It helps the audience understand what took place and how our protagonists of this story felt and why they took the decisions they did in this time period of historical events, and how our events create a chronological order of cause and effect.

Hernán Cortés: Cartas y memoriales

Hernán Cortés: Cartas y memoriales. (Secondary Source)

"Cortés was a man of his time, a renaissance man. He was interested in the discovery of new lands and spent much money and energy organizing expeditions to the Pacific. The reader should beware of a portrayal at times too idealized."(Bernard, 693)

Explanation: This is a great source where it gives the audience a brief description of the letters that Cortes wrote and what he expressed about the struggles and accomplishments he achieved. It gives us the view that we want to see of Cortes, the inner person not just as a historical figure. It is suitable for Academic Research because if one was to read the letters itself and not be able to comprehend the message there is always creditable authors who create this writing to make it more accessible to the audience.

Hernán Cortés en la Historia general y natural de las Indias de Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo1/Hernán Cortés in Gonzalo...

Hernán Cortés en la Historia general y natural de las Indias de Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (Secondary Source)

“Hernan Cortes is one of those names in history that protagonist or responsible for major events is made. His figure has been subject to different interpretations of opposite signs. History and Literature, neither neutral nor aseptic, driven by motives of political, ideological or personal, and in the case of Literature in use of poetic freedom, have built the character beyond the person, interpreting their actions, decisions and even their physical or character traits within a framework of meaning outside sometimes historical reality.” (Baraibar, 140)

Explaination: This is a good source of work because it helps us understand the creation behind the character of Hernan Cortes. It is suitable for Academic Research because to really understand a person you need to understand their characteristic and what has created this label. It is reliable and applicable to the subject studied.

Hernán Cortés Biography

This website provides us with a brief background of who is Hernan Cortes, from the initiation of his life and successes all the way with the information of his Death.

Letters from Hernán Cortés (Primary Source)

"Considering that the inhabitants of this city were rebels, and that they discovered so strong a determination to defend themselves or perish, I inferred two things: first, that we should recover little of the wealth of which they had deprived us; and second, that they had given us occasion and compelled us utterly to exterminate them." ( Cortes Third Letter, 278–81)

Explanation: This website provides many of Hernan Cortes letters of many different events that took journey during his conquest, it is very informative in Hernan personal perspective. It is a very suitable for Academic Research because it is written from Hernan Cortes the historical figure who has guided the Spanish Conquest.

Full text of "The true history of the conquest of New Spain" by Bernal Díaz del Castillo (Primary Source)

The True History of the Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Díaz del Castillo

"but for a vivid impression of this daring plunge into the unknown, and the triumphant struggle of an isolated handful of Spaniards against a powerful and warlike race, we must rely on the accounts given by those two great soldiers and adventurers, leader and follower, Hernando Cortes and Bernal Diaz del Castillo."(Diaz xlv )

Explanation: This a very good source because it is told from the perspective of Bernal Diaz del Castillo in the expedition of Hernan Cortes. It is also a very detailed writer on the events that took place in the expedition. it is suitable for academic research because it is written in the time it took place making it a primary source giving us a different perspective from Cortes,


"This was the first land in the New World to be destroyed and depopulated by the Christians, and here they began their subjection of the women and children, taking them away from the Indians to use them and ill use them, eating the food they provided with their sweat and toil."( Casa 2)

**Explanation: This is extradornary source because it gives this prospective of the indies from a Fray that went to the expedition. This is a suitable for Academic Research because it gives us a different views from the ones written by the conquistador. **

Hernan Cortes Quotes - BrainyQuote

Hernan Cortes Quotes

Explanation: I love this website because it gives many quotes that came from Cortes and one has to really think what is the message behind this quote.

Hernán Cortés: Conqueror of the Aztecs

This Website is very informative in the background of the arrival to Mexico Very helpful source,