Socratic Seminar 2 Cortes reading

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HIST 100W DON Socratic Seminar #2 Hernan Cortes, Letters from Mexico , ed. by Anthony Pagden Since, in the next paper, we are dealing with questions concerning the conquest of Tenochtitlan, Mexico, in 1519-1521, it is fitting that we start with the source considered the closest thing to an eyewitness account that we have. That is Hernan Cortes’s five letters to Charles V, the king of Spain, both during and after the conquest. Since we want to concentrate on the events of the conquest we will read J.H. Elliott’s preface essay and the first three letters, all of which deal with the conquest from Cortes’s perspective and how we must be careful about his motivations when reading these letters. I estimate that you will need at least three single- spaced pages for this assignment, and, please as you are referencing or quoting from the book, put the page numbers in parentheses in your text, so that it is easier for us to talk about. 1. J.H Elliott’s essay, “Cortes, Velazquez and Charles V,” is considered one of the best ana- lyses of Cortes in the conquest of Mexico; it is a classic. So, read to page xxxii and let’s begin
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