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Cortes and Montezuma

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Landing on the Mexican coast on Good Friday, 1519, Hernán Cortés felt himself the bearer of a divine burden to conquer and convert the first advanced civilization Europeans had yet encountered in the West. For Montezuma, leader of the Mexicans, April 21, 1519 (known in their sophisticated astronomical system as 9 Wind Day) was the precise date of a dire prophesy: the return of Quetzalcoatl, a fearsome god predicted to arrive by ship, from the East, with light skin, a black beard, robed in black—exactly as Cortés would. The ensuing drama is described by eminent historian Maurice Collis in a style that is equal parts story and scholarship. Though its consequences have been treated by writers as diverse as D.H. Lawrence and Charles Olson, never before have the facts of this event been rendered with such extraordinary clarity and elegance.

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The convergence of Cortés and Montezuma is the most emblematic event in the birth of what would come to be called "America."

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B Steele, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by B Steele)
Everyone knows the story: Cortes arrives in 16th century Mexico as the returned deity bent on exacting revenge for being thrown out centuries earlier. At least that is the high school version. Read Collis' harrowing account of the true story of astrological mysticism that allowed Cortes to unknowingly send Montezuma and how hundreds of thousands of followers to their destruction. Filled with quotes from journals of people actually present on both sides, this quick read is the most accurate account of this impossible adventure.
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ISBN:
9780811214230
Author:
Collis, Maurice
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Mexico History Conquest, 1519-1540.
Subject:
Cortes, Hernan
Subject:
World History-Mexico
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Series Volume:
98-757
Publication Date:
19990915
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.6 lb

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