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Deadly Baggage: What Cortes Brought to Mexico and How It Destroyed the Aztec Civilization (Paperback)
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Deadly Baggage: What Cortes Brought to Mexico and How It Destroyed the Aztec Civilization (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 30/07/2015
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In 1519, a few hundred Europeans led by Hernan Cortes sailed from Cuba to the Mexican mainland, where they encountered representatives of the Aztec Empire. Iberian history, culture and religion, and their experience in the Greater Antilles made conquest the aim of these adventurers. They regarded themselves as heroes in a romantic crusade of good against evil. Each member of the expedition sought to acquire precious metals and to become a lord of enslaved native labor. Their horses and steel swords, aided by native disunity and susceptibility to Old World diseases, ensured their success.

This analysis of the conquest of Mexico stands in contrast to previous narratives that either reduce the conquest to a contest between Cortes and Moctezuma, or describe a near miraculous victory of European ingenuity and Western values over Indian superstition and savagery. The author frames the clash of civilizations in New World prehistory that left inhabitants at a disadvantage.

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN: 9780786497003
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm

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