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Modeling “Quotes and Questions” Secondary Source: Clendinnen Primary Sources: Cortes, and Nahua poem February 8, 2010 History 170 Quotes: 1. From the two Nahua poems after the fall of Mexico City: “The are running away like women…we have lost the Mexican nation…” and “We know it is true that we must perish, You the Giver of Live, You have ordained it.” (Nahua poem, after 1520, 7) 2. “And we believe that not without cause has God been pleased to allow this land to be discovered in the name of your royal Majesties, that your Majesties may reap great merit and reward from Him in sending the Gospel to these barbarian people…” (Cortes, 1519- 1520, 3) 3. “But I think we must resign ourselves to a heroic act of renunciation, acknowledging that much of Moctezuma’s conduct must remain enigmatic.” (Clendinnen,
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Unformatted text preview: 4. “On much they could be innovative. But on the most basic measure of man’s worth, the taking alive of prestigious captives, they could not compromise.” (Clendinnen, 1991, 80) 5. “What does it matter, in the long run, that Mexican warriors admired Spanish horses and despised Spanish warriors?” (Clendinnen, 1991, 84) Questions : 1. Why is the Mesoamerican sense of time relevant? (See Quote 1) 2. What is Cortes’ tone in the letter? What does he describe about the Aztec world? Does he seem invincible? 3. Why does Clendinnen call both Spanish and Indian narratives of this conquest “mythic constructs?” (p. 67, middle of the page) In what ways is her narrative not another mythic construct? 4. According to Clendinnen, what finally led to Spanish victory? Could the outcome have been otherwise?...
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