When Montezuma Met Cortes

The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History
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Product Number: DD34642
Released: Jan 30, 2018
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ISBN: #9781538480496
Narrator/s: Steven Crossley
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A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando CortEs that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conquest of the Americas On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando CortEs first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introduction—the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas—has long been the symbol of CortEs's bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere.But is this really what happened? In a departure from traditional tellings, When Montezuma Met CortEs uses "the Meeting"—as Restall dubs their first encounter—as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both CortEs and Montezuma. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Restall explores CortEs's and Montezuma's posthumous reputations, their achievements and failures, and the worlds in which they lived—leading, step by step, to a dramatic inversion of the old story. As Restall takes us through this sweeping, revisionist account of a pivotal moment in modern civilization, he calls into question our view of the history of the Americas, and, indeed, of history itself.

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Author(s): Matthew Restall
Narrator(s): Steven Crossley
Product Number Z100124251
Released: Jan 30, 2018
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ISBN: #9780062797902
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Author(s): Matthew Restall
Product Number EB00704697
Released: Jan 30, 2018
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: #9780062427281

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