The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico – Miguel León-Portilla

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A must-read for all those interested in a history not often written: A history written by the nearly vanquished. Before read this book, I did not understand why Mexico still has a significant number of citizens who still speak native languages as either their first or their only language. They were nearly vanquished.
I knew that English language has survived the English royalty being defeated. I was taught at university that English was the only language my professors knew to have kept thein language and did not switch their language to that of the ruling class. That was what my professors of English and rhetoric knew. Know I know differently. And I am glad to know how the Mexican natives have held on their languages.

Category: History | Aztecs | Mexico

For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. León-Portilla’s new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.


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