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This paper looks at Clendinnen's "Ambivalent Conquests" and discusses how the Mayans and other Yucatan natives were strong fighters. It points out however, that it was not only Spanish military conquest, but more importantly other events and interactions that brought about their ultimate downfall.
From the Paper:"To remedy the common exemption of the Yucatan's perspective Inga Clendinnen wrote Ambivalent Conquests. She starts out with the very first encounter between the Spanish and Yucatan natives, which interestingly did not actually occur on Yucatan soil. Actually in the year 1502 A.D. Christopher Columbus came across a floating canoe manned by twenty-five naked people carrying bronze ax heads, cacao beans, pottery and other cargo apparently to trade off the coast of Honduras. Columbus' crew ravaged through the Indians' belongings and took whatever they liked along with an old man who seemed to be the canoe's guide in hopes that he would be a helpful navigator. This was a gentle precursor to the offenses Spanish intruders would later inflict upon the Yucatan's deep cultural heritage."
Cite this Analytical Essay:
"Ambivalent Conquests" (2005, November 12) Retrieved December 03, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/ambivalent-conquests-62154/
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