YOU ARE ALMOST DONE!!!!. In what ways did factors such as technology and disease contribute to the dominance of the Spanish over the Aztec civilization? To what extent were the divergent worldviews of the Spanish and Aztecs factors in the dominance of one nation over the other?.
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YOU ARE ALMOST DONE!!!!
In what ways did factors such as technology and disease contribute to the dominance of the Spanish over the Aztec civilization?
To what extent were the divergent worldviews of the Spanish and Aztecs factors in the dominance of one nation over the other?
We’ll look at how the Spanish did it next…
They will soon meet!
The Aztecs had 8 omens before they met the Spanish which forecasted their downfall…. Let’s look at them!
How should he act?
Moctezuma started by sending gifts to Cortés, hoping that he would be happy and just leave… One of the gifts was the clothing of the God, Quetzalcoatl… Cortés put the clothing on…
The Aztecs and other societies head vast amounts of stories about the weapons the Spanish used, let’s look at what they had.
Wouldn’t that scare you?
Cortés is coming… what should Moctezuma do?
What would you do if you were in his situation?
How the Aztecs fell…
What should the Aztecs do now?
Before the Spanish returned, a smallpox epidemic hit Tenochtitlan, weakening the population and killing 25% of the population
“Broken spears lie in the roads;
We have torn our hair in our grief
The houses are roofless now, and their walls
Are red with blood
Worms are swarming in the streets and plazas,
And the walks are spattered with gore
The water has turned red, as if it were dyed
And when we drink it,
It has the taste of brine.
We have pounded our hands in despair
Against the adobe walls,
For our inheritance, our city, is lost and dead
The shields of our warriors were its defense.
but they could not save it.
We have chewed dry twigs and salt grasses:
We have filled our mouths with dust and bits of adobe.
We have eaten lizards, rats and worms
When we had meat weate it almost raw.
Why were these actions necessary from the
Franciscan monks perspective?
The Aztec People
Spanish Conquistadores and Settlers
Governor or Viceroy
Takes 20% of all gold/valuables in New Spain
Collects taxes to support himself,
the government and the Crown.
Given encomiendas with Aztec
workers. After paying taxes, they
Do all the actual work on farms and
in mines in return for food, clothing,
What affect did this arrangement have on the Aztec’s
ability to create wealth for themselves?