Stein points out, “The Aztecs were known for their skills as warriors. They were feared and respected by their neighbors. So how were the Spanish able to defeat to defeat them?” (27) The advanced weaponry gave the Spaniards an advantage over the Aztecs.
2) Stated in document 2, the Aztecs centered there cites around an eagle perched on a cactus. 3) Shown in document 3, the Aztec king wanted the Aztecs to appear strong in the view of other eyes, so they burned documents that would tarnish that reputation. III. Support Paragraph #2: Economy A) Aztecs were well organized and creative with their foods and goods. B) Three supporting details and document numbers 1) As shown in document 10, the Aztecs had a steady flow of goods from conquered city/states.
In The Broken Spears, Miguel Leon recounts several reasons as to why the Spaniards had an advantage over the Aztecs when conquering them. Some of the most important information in The Broken Spears had to do with both the advantages and exploitations the Spaniards used over the Aztecs. For instance, the Aztecs thought the Spaniards were gods and must succumb to their demands simply through the way the Spaniards looked. Their clothing and physical features led the Aztecs to believe that they were god like and thus showered them with various gifts. This was a major advantage for the Spaniards because it basically implied that the Spanish had control over the Aztecs.
When the Spaniards came they used these beliefs to conquer and enslave the Nahua peoples. The Spaniards saw it not as bad thing, but as a kind and helpful thing to do, because they believed they were superior to the native people in many, if not all ways. The Nahua peoples relied very heavily on prophecies and omens. They often claimed that they had foreseen the coming of the Spaniards through signs, dreams and omens. “There is evidence that the Nahua peoples were not alarmed by the arrival of the Spaniards.”(VV 29) There were many prophecies that fit nearly, if not completely, in to the Spanish takeover of South America.
In this case, they were, but the Aztecs did not know the best way that they captured most of the villages and told them they had to give sacrifices, and forced them to do whatever the Aztecs needed them to do. As a big empire, when you have lots of land that also splits your forces farther from each other since you have to defend that area too. It is just like the quote in Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Now for some tens or hundreds of villages who hated the Aztecs and would do anything to get them back, or revenge as they call it, they would join any force to rebel back against the Aztecs, and that includes the Spaniards, which the villages did later in the fight against the Aztecs. One reason tat may go against the Aztecs being a powerful empire is their leader. The Montezuma did not react to the deaths the Spaniards caused and the enemy forces the Spaniards were gathering to attack him.
• • The Incas and Aztecs, empires that both peaked in the 16th century, shared many differences and similarities socially and politically. The Incas were the more powerful empire because the Aztecs were more focused on their religion and had a better social system. • • The Incas were at first a little tribe that was a chiefdom, or form of political organization with rule by a hereditary leader. They used Andean social and economic customs. Incas were pastoralists meaning their military strength and success based on how many llamas and alpacas you had.
By reading this book, I had hoped to find more information on the Aztecs to better argue my points on why I do not see them in the same light that most do. I accomplished this, but at the same time found out some disturbing facts that even surprised me; which is a rare feat in itself. The book summarizes parts of the Aztecs culture in every chapter. Von Hagen paints a masterful picture of the culture with ease. While he does this, it is apparent that he holds the Aztec culture in great regard.
What were some of the reasons that Cortez wanted to conquer the Aztecs? Cortez wanted to conquer the Aztecs because of gold. 5. What were some of the biggest advantages the Spanish had over the Aztecs? The biggest advantages the Spanish had over the Aztecs were weapons, horses.
Even though Christopher Columbus found this great land which lead all of us to have freedom and liberty with the sea of opportunities in this country but to gain all this, we have done something that would be considered unethical from every point of view as well inhumanity. According to racial and ethnic groups, Europeans brought superior weaponry and diseases which were effective in reducing large numbers of population in short period of time which they used on Native Indians……..Number of naïve Americans were 10 million in 1500 but gradually decreased as food sources disappeared and diseases wiped their population to 600,000 by 1800 and even worst less than 250,000 by 1900.This loss is considered one of the biggest catastrophic In the history. United states doesn’t take full responsibly of this loss due to the fact that Spanish and French people were also involved in this mass murder (Schaefer, pp.149-150, 2012).In other words, Even though United states didn’t have full control over what happened at that time due to other countries interaction, we should still feel somewhat responsible of wiping such as large number of population from the face of the earth. According to understanding prejudice, Columbus Day is celebrated as a federal holiday and in 2002 George W bush issued presidential proclamation celebrating Columbus bold journey and achievement. All public buildings raised united States flag on that day however the proclamation doesn’t mention anything about the violence, slavery, religious persecution, and pursuit of gold even though Christopher Columbus has mentioned how he should be judged in his letter which states that he was a
How it affected their people and some of the surrounding people and justification by the Spanish for war against the Aztecs. Secondly, what the Aztecs believed to be the return of the god Quetzalcoatl, the Spanish conquistador, Cortes and his Spanish army. Disease played a huge part in the fall. Small pox brought upon the Spanish spread quickly to the people and no cure for the disease was known therefore leading to many deaths. Lastly, the skillful tactics used by Hernan Cortes that leads to the surrender of the last Aztec emperor.