The search for identity in Mexico has been a continuing exploration of many different cultures and realities. Although Mexico has an established democratic political system, cultural uniqueness has been in flux since the invasion of Spain in 1492. The Aztec culture was well instituted and was a direct decedent of the Olmec civilization that formed the Mexican identity over a thousand year reign. However over a two year attempt at genocide by the Spanish conquers the Mexicans have been struggling with an inability to recapture their roots ever since.
...ketplaces for people to do their daily shopping. Small cities set up market places every 5 days while big cities could set up market places everyday. Some merchants set up markets everyday seeking profits. While others were farmers that went to sell some of their goods. The city Tenochtitlan was visited by thousands of people daily to buy goods. The currency for the Aztecs was pretty much beans. If someone wanted to buy something they had to give up a portion of beans. That is how it worked in the Aztec Empire. The Aztecs traded with one another as well so everything stayed within the empire. All the trading with each other helped their economy flourish which meant a strong empire.
Growing up with a Mexican heritage, I am now accustomed to Hispanic culture. The variations of my native culture include attire, beliefs, customs, and food. As I matured, have developed my own preferences among what I partake interest upon, food for instance. A few of the dishes would include arroz con frijoles (rice and beans), tacos, carnitas (pork), chorizo, barbacoa, tamales, and carne de asada (roast meat). If I was to pick out my favorite entrees, it would be arroz (rice), frijoles (beans), and carne de asada (beef), from El Milagro, seeing that they have a better flavor than other restaurants I have been to.
The last Indian empire in Mexico, the Aztec, fell to Spanish invaders in the early 1500s. For more than the next two hundred years, Mexico was a Spanish colony. The Spaniards took Mexico's fortunes, but also introduced many advances in culture and traditions, government, education and religion. The descendants of the Spaniards became Mexico's ruling class, whereas the Indians remained at a lower-class status. Once New Spain settled in its new territory, it would be under influence of the mother country Spain. Its colonial system would be entrenched in the new colony and its economy would strive to gain profit and make Spain more wealthy and more powerful.
While Cortes would go away, leaving his country under the power of his vice rulers, many started to think of ways of killing Cortes to overthrow his power. Between the times he would leave to follow his wish to explore the rest of the world, he was opposed by many and even targeted by many. The race to becoming the Governor had started among the all of those who either claimed to be better than Cortes, or simply wanted to increase their power. Cortes’ empire had now officially seen a downfall,
The Spanish colonisation led by the conquestador Hernan Cortés during the reign of King Montezuma II had alot of affect to the Aztec and the Spanish. This was both a nobel conquest and a shameful exploitation in the eyes of the Aztecs and the Spanish. The goals of the Spanish was gold, glory and god. Gold was an economical benefit to the Spanish, increasing trade and leading them to glory. This was by them taking their gold or them paying them gold as bribrey. Glory was benefitcial to the individual and the nation, gaining power and authority and is a way on building their empire and also control over other nations, so that they can compete with other nations. Great Britain and France all took some of the nation in the Americas, the Spanish
They were giving their pick of land and treasure since they were among the first to discover the Americas. Because of the country’s colonial expansions, Spain became a powerful empire that few dared to challenge. Spanish conquistadores attacked the South American natives with such force and power, leaving them to take whatever they wanted from the conquered peoples. All of the treasure and land that had once belonged to the Aztecs, was commandeered and given to the Spanish monarchy. Much of the indigenous records of the Aztec people were destroyed because the explorers believed that it was the work of the devil. Spaniards drew fear and terror from their opponents all over the world, giving the government supremacy over many of the surrounding
This week’s reading covered the topic of Guzmán’s conquest of western Mexico. Included were two accounts that showed the conquest in starkly contrasting lights. The first was an account of the expedition written by Cristóbal Flores for the audiencia in Mexico City. The second was a letter written by Guzmán for his majesty while on the expedition. The accounts written by the two men differ sharply in how they portray the events that occurred during the expedition. An example of this can be seen in how they describe the execution of Cazonci, the lord of Michoacán. However, the authors did agree on a few points, including the nature of the indigenous allies’ actions. In order to better understand the nature of this expedition it is important to both examine the contradictions within the accounts and examine where they were in agreement.
In their effort to secure becoming the ultimate power, Spain used gruesome tactics and smart strategy to get a leg up. Once Spain conquered the Aztecs and the Incas they then already had access to farm lands and buildings. This opened many opportunities for them to expand as they already had the necessary items. The amount of gold and other precious items the Americas produced helped the Spanish exceed to a very wealthy level. Even at the rate the Americas were sending metals to Spain, they spent it very quickly. Spain rose to power very quickly because of how brutal their strategy was. Since they were expanding so fast they needed a way to build, so they used natives to help build and serve. However, they were expanding at such a rapid pace
The Aztec Empire consisted of numerous territories dotted around modern South America that had been taken over by military forces, At this time, the capital of the Aztec Empire, Tenochtitlan, housed 250,000 citizens.This was around five times the population of a large European city. Also, these cities had very complicated commerce and agricultural systems to sustain such a large population. Even the Spanish Conquistadors had never seen such a wondrous and large city before. As Spanish conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo said, “Some of the soldiers among us who had been in many parts of the world, in Constantinople, and all over Italy, and in Rome, said that they had never seen so large a market place and so full of people, and so well regulated and arranged” This shows that explorers that had visited what was considered the most technologically advanced societies in the world at the time, Italy and West Europe, were astounded by what they saw at Tenochtitlan. What else than a well functioning civilization would be able to offer such extremities for their
When negotiating with anyone, let alone another country or culture, it is important to understand the beliefs and proper edict of whom you are working with. By understanding the key components: religion or life philosophy, greeting behavior, meals and entertainment behavior, formality, group behavior, and non-oral communications style you will be able to put together the best negotiation tactics and create a better chance at achieving the outcome you desire. For my research I have chosen a negotiation with business people from Mexico.
The capital of Mexico is Mexico City. Mexico City is one of the largest Spanish speaking cities in the world. Mexico City has been said to be ‘one enormous museum’ as it holds many historical and cultural findings. In 1325 the Aztecs built their city called Tenochtitlan. Later, the Spaniards took over the city and built Mexico City over the pre-existing colony. Today, Mexico City is home to about 20 million people. This city currently has the highest literacy rate in the country and is the 8th richest city in the world. Mexico City is known for Templo Mayor (an Aztec temple) and also known for the nightlife in the city.
Mexican American history began in the16th century under Spanish colonialism. The Spanish had a goal of conquest and colonization. Evidently, that goal was successfully accomplished because when the Spanish first arrived in 1492 Mexico’s population was fourteen million, but by the end of the 16th century it had drastically declined to one million. Numbers decreased because of the cruel treatment, forced labor, and disease brought by the Spanish. The Spanish eventually controlled most of the territory in the Southwest and over three hundred towns had been established for the purpose of control and conversion. The Spanish imposed conditions on the natives of Mexico that would belittle them. They aimed to convert them in order to make them re...