Hernan Cortes- First Letter

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O’Connor 1 Mehgan O’Connor English 2823 Professor Coats 25 January 2010 In July of 1519, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, also known as Fernando Cortés, wrote his first letter to the royalty in Spain depicting all he had seen in the New World. Although the original first letter is lost, the letter written by the Justiciary and Municipal Council of Vera Cruz stands in its place. Throughout this correspondence it is easy to see how Cortés claims authoritative knowledge about the New World and criticizes Velazquez’s previous reports and loyalty to the crown. In the beginning of the letter, Cortés is first established as a legitimate contributor to the expedition by his funding two thirds of the fleet. This is a subtle establishment of authority by Cortés because he provided for the journey out of an act of servitude towards the crown, but it still made him a more involved donor than Velasquez who only contributed wine and other things that weren’t of much value. Cortés was declared captain of the ship by Velasquez and had
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2010 for the course ENGL 2823 taught by Professor Coates during the Spring '10 term at LSU.

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