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The Conquest of the Aztecs
An exploration of the degree to which the practices and customs of the Aztecs could be credited for their imperial dominance.
# 148614 | 2,935 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper explores how in the years prior to the arrival of Spanish conquerors, the Aztecs would employ a political system, a warfare strategy and a system of agriculture which would all figure significantly into the success of the civilization and its contribution to the evolution of human civilization. The paper highlights the religious, political and economic characteristics of the Aztecs and how they shed light on the reasons for the culture's success and, possibly, for its failure.

From the Paper:

"It is without connotation that we consider the religiosity of the Aztecs Kings, but as historical accounts accumulate, it becomes increasingly evident that this has prefigured into the peoples' eventual demise. As illustrated by Leon-Portillo's (1959) accounting of the battle between Cortes' Spanish forces and the Aztecs as led by King Montezuma, The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico, the conflict's outcome was actually determined by a set of cultural divergences that predisposed the Aztec's to implement very little resistance to Spanish interests. A consideration of the sequence of events leading up to, concurring with and following the destruction of the Aztec people as offered from the perspective of the defeated pre-South American culture indicates that though they derived their capabilities from a civilization equally as sophisticated and advanced as that of the Spanish, their leadership was driven to approach the incoming Europeans with a stance that was softened by religious and geographical characteristics."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barlow, R.H. 1945. Some Remarks on the Terms 'Aztec Empire'. The Americas, 1(3), 345-349.
  • Brumfiel, E.M. 1983. Aztec State Making: Ecology, Structure, and the Origin of the State. American Anthropologist, 85(2), 261-284.
  • Elzey, W. 1991. A Hill on a Land Surrounded by Water: An Aztec Story of Origin and Destiny, History of Religions 31(2), 105-149.
  • Isaac, B.L. 1983. Aztec Warfare: Goals and Battlefield Comportment. Ethnology, 22(2), 121-131.
  • Kellogg, S. 1986. Aztec Inheritance in Sixteenth-Century Mexico City: Colonial Patterns, Prehispanic Influences. Ethnohistory, 33(3), 313-330.

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