WHEN MONTEZUMA MET CORTES: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MEETING THAT CHANGED HISTORY by Matthew Restall
When Montezuma Met Cortes: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History by Matthew Restall
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 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 the 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.
Harper-Collins, Hardcover, 1st Edition, 2nd Printing, 2018
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