Aztec Tales - The Conquest "Uic athan"...

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The Conquest “Uic athan” Contrasting views and confusion
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Moctezuma II Was he fooled into believing Cortez and the Spaniards were gods?
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It is said that when conquistadors asked Mayans what they called the land, the Indians replied “ uic athan ” The Spaniards then said the land was called Yucatan. Uic athan means: what are you saying…we do not understand you?
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Much of the interaction between The Spanish invaders and the peoples of Mexico were of a similar nature--based on misunderstanding and misinterpretations. The major issue facing the Europeans was trying to figure out who these people were that were not mentioned in the Bible.
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Sources of knowledge about the conquest: Writings of Bernal Diaz Writings by Priests in the wake of conquest Post-conquest Codices commissioned by Priests written in Nahuatl Post-conquest stories translated from Nahualtl Archaeology
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1519-1521 Cortez arrives off Veracruz Moctezuma II warned of the arrival Magicians had warned of “bad omens” as early
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Aztec Tales - The Conquest "Uic athan"...

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