Write 7 pages thesis on the topic the conquest of the aztec empire. It is understandable how the account of those who lost could have been pushed aside, but this essay looks to compare and perhaps seek to collect from sources what the different versions of the conquest were. Perhaps even to reconcile as to whose version is more accurate and in line with the true events that occurred.
Broken Spears has highlighted many reasons as to why the Aztecs were at a disadvantage when it came to defending themselves against the Spanish, whom they considered to be their gods who had finally come to them from across the sea (Miguel León-Portilla et al., 2006). The epidemic of smallpox was already making a stronghold in the area where the Aztecs live and this led to widespread death and sickness in the region. Many Mexicans lost their lives due to smallpox and this was perhaps one of the main reasons that the Aztec fell. Along with this, the superiority in terms of weaponry was a dominating feature in the campaign. Though the lesser numbers of the Spanish was something that should have worked in favor of the Aztecs.
There are a few certain authorities which are looked at more often than others and considered to be more authentic. The Aztec views were not really that well recorded and the main authority on the Aztec version is recorded by Fray Bernardino de Sahagun who listened to the accounts of the natives and recorded them in the Latin alphabets which he later translated to Spanish. The Spanish version of the conquest is looked more or less through the eyes of Cortés himself with the help of the letters that he sent back to Spain with the details of the conquests itself. These letters to the king of Spain at the time were considered to be the primary source of what the occurrences that were taking place in the new world. The Spaniards destroyed many of the manuscripts that were kept by the indigenous population in order to preserve their version of the matter.