Spanish Conquest Of Mexico Analysis

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The conquest of Mexico led by Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes marked the commencement of Spanish presence in the Americas. Vastly contrasting religious beliefs and practices played an important part in influencing the lead up to the capture of Mexico and the eventual downfall of the great Aztec empire. Led by conquistador Hernando Cortes, the Spanish used Christianity as a front to justify their military presence. The consequence of Nahua beliefs was larger, said to be directly responsible for the submissive Aztec response to Spanish presence. Hernando Cortez and his men successfully used Christianity as a platform for their political and personal ambitions. Voyages and trade explorations often attempted to spread Christianity and gain religious converts, at least in name. The Spanish inquisition under Ferdinand and Isabella had left Spain a conservative and deeply religious country. In his letter to Charles V, Cortez attempts to favorably echo…show more content…
Nahua accounts from the Florentine Codex by Sahagun clearly convey Spanish self interest in the war, “For gold what was they greatly thirst for , they were glutinous for it, starved for it , piggishly wanting it” . Amassing vast riches was Cortez and his men’s ultimate goal, when given gifts by local native tribesman, Diaz narrates “The gold in the helmet was worth more to us than if it had contained $20,000 because it showed us that there were gold mines there” . In his letter to Charles V, Cortez warns him about the dire need of instilling Christian values among the savage natives, he reminds him about the revenue and royal dominions a colony like Mexico could bring the king for a settlement in Mexico would be both beneficial to “service of God and your Majesties” . While using Catholicism to justify their presence, the Spanish displayed a Eurocentric view on the native culture and their religious
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