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The Broken Spears 2007 Revised Edition



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A new expanded version of the classic account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, as told by Aztec voices-with a new Postscript by the editor For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel Leon-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, Leon-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. Leon-Portilla's new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.

Table of Contents

Omens foretelling the arrival of the Spaniardsp. 3
First reports of the Spaniards' arrivalp. 13
The messengers' journeysp. 21
Motecuhzoma's terror and apathyp. 32
The Spaniards march on Tlaxcala and Cholulap. 37
The gifts of gold : the god Tezcatlipoca appearsp. 50
The Spaniards are welcomed in Tezcocop. 56
The Spaniards arrive in Tenochtitlanp. 62
The massacre in the main temple during the Fiesta of Toxcatlp. 70
The night of sorrowsp. 83
The siege of Tenochtitlanp. 91
Spanish raids into the besieged cityp. 103
The surrender of Tenochtitlanp. 115
The story of the conquest as told by the anonymous authors of Tlatelolcop. 127
Elegies on the fall of the cityp. 145
Aftermathp. 150
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