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ANT 324L Paper 1 La Malinche When referring to the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica, two names occupy the forefront of most peoples’ minds, Hernan Cortes and La Malinche, also known as Malintzin or Dona Marina. Cortes, the great conquistador , and Malinche, his auspicious translator, advisor, and mistress, together brought the Aztec empire to ruins and facilitated Spanish control in Mesoamerica. Bearing Cortes a child rendered Malinche the emblematic Mother of Mexico, their child being one of the first indigenous and Spanish mixed peoples. Although one would believe that Malinche would signify glory and pride for the Mexican people, the contrary holds true; her very name carries connotations of treachery, evil, and sexual deviance for many Mexican natives. According to John Taylor, during the time the Spanish still had control over Mexico, Malinche was held as an honorable woman, always having shown loyalty to Cortes and Spain itself. But as Mexico gained its independence from Spain, all aspects of
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