The problem with Columbus’ voyage was that many believed that he was not being completely honest. He had been accused of lying to the Queen about the actual places he “discovered” and specifics of his voyage. Hernán Cortéz followed after and became a primary character in building the Spanish empire around Mainland Mexico, around which the Aztec empire was centered. Throughout his voyage and conquest, Cortez kept eyewitness accounts and personal letters that later became famous. “Cortés’s letter or Jerez’s narrative of the massacre at Cajamarca, framed the justificatio...
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...our analysis. There tends to be a general consensus of the main players, events and timeline of the history. When authors or historians come out against the norm, it is common for them to experience tremendous opposition. While the method that Restall uses is a very unique one, I think that the same is the case for him. Some of the myths are more controversial than others, but regardless, Restall tends to break away from the norm in his analysis. For example, during class we examined how the Europeans possessed superior weapons than the Europeans. I am convinced that this technological superiority played a major role in the downfall of the Indians. Granted, much of the damage to the indigenous population was due disease, confrontations with the Indians were far from infrequent. The more advanced steel and gunpowder weapons gave the Europeans a significant advantage.
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