hist 500- reading report

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Susan Martinez September 29, 2011 Hist 0500: History of Colonial Latin America Reading Report The conquest of Tenochtitlan, Mexico, and the Americas has brought up the question whether colonization of the Americas was something that would be considered as an inevitable event in history. Factors, such as the spread of disease, military brilliance combined with religious myth and belief, and the arrest of Moctezuma, may contribute to this belief of inevitability; however, is it truly possible to make that assumption of “inevitability” given that we have hindsight bias? If one was actually there in the moment, would you be able to conclude the same results? Bernal Diaz del Castillo and Francis J. Brooks both provide excerpts to the historical time period of the conquest of Cortes that provide enough information for the audience to construct their own opinion on the matter. Cortes’ “military genius” is claimed to be due to his ability to have gathered information about the Aztec empire before actually proceeding to war. Upon arrival Cortes found a translator and began to communicate with Moctezuma enough to find out a portion of their religious beliefs. For example, the Aztecs believed that they were not of the land of Tenochtitlan, and were waiting for their god of war, Huitzilopochtli, to return. “All of them, especially Mutezuma,
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