The Spanish Conquest Of The Americas

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The Spanish Conquest of the Americas is a fascinating story of discovery, wealth, desire, ruin, and death. The Aztec civilization, which is what we know today as Central and South America, began to be threatened by European explorers in the late fifteenth century. The Aztec civilization was one of the most spectacular in the world, and in the background was the masterpiece of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. Even though, the prosperity and wonder of the Aztecs came to an end with the arrival of Hernan Cortes and his Spanish conquerors. The inexcusable actions of Hernn Corts caused the total disappearance of one of the most diverse, powerful, creative, and advanced civilizations in history.

"According to Restall & Lane, research done by specialists of various disciplines has helped to debunk old myths about the Spanish Conquest of the New World". Throughout readings, documentaries, articles, teachers, professors, and the internet, we have come to the conclusion that they are many things about life years and years ago that we didn't know of and that today, we are able to learn about through these resources. This prompt is letting us know that people like Restall and Lane have a significant impact in our lives because they have helped our understanding, they have helped our mind debunk old myths about the Spanish Conquest of the New World that we couldn't just know by knowing, and that's why we have sources like them and the internet so we can educate our brains with new information. I believe this statement has opened a lot of people's minds because the myths of the Spanish conquest are surprisingly enduring, and the book titled "Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest" of Mathew Restall is one of the best places to begin debunking. Restall highlights the importance of the indigenous allies both during the Spanish Conquest and throughout colonization, which points the way to a different kind of history. The Spanish Conquest is an unpredictable result rather than inevitable. I believe that this work of debunking is of great importance; after addressing why European policies acquired the ability to launch adventures abroad, the colonization of the Caribbean and the Americas is a critical episode in how the world became global and modern, where Western Europe emerges as "the West".

One of the first myths that was ever uncovered by researchers was the myth of Christopher Columbus, as of now everyone knows t...

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