The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico

Until 1959, when this book was published for the first time, the only organized testimony about the Conquest was the victorious chronicle of the Spaniards themselves Miguel Le n Portilla had the incomparable success of organizing texts translated from Nahuatl by ngel Mar a Garibay Kintana to give us the The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico Indigenous people of TeUntil 1959, when this book was published for the first time, the only organized testimony about the Conquest was the victorious chronicle of the Spaniards themselves Miguel Le n Portilla had the incomparable success of organizing texts translated from Nahuatl by ngel Mar a Garibay Kintana to give us the The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico Indigenous people of Tenochtitl n, Tlatelolco, Texcoco, Chalco and Tlaxcala were formed about the struggle against the conquerors and the final ruin of the Aztec world.An account of the omens that announced the disaster, a description of Cortes progress, a chronicle of the heroic battle of the ancient Mexicans in defense of their culture and of their own lives, a civilization that was lost forever, a great epic poem of the origins of Mexican nationality, The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico is already a classic book and an indispensable reading work.
The Broken Spears The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico Until when this book was published for the first time the only organized testimony about the Conquest was the victorious chronicle of the Spaniards themselves Miguel Le n Portilla had the incom

  • Title: The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
  • Author: Miguel León-Portilla J. Jorge Klor De Alva Lysander Kemp
  • ISBN: 9780807055014
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico”

    1. No siempre hay una sola verdad frente a un hecho. "Visión de los vencidos: crónicas indígenas" es justamente el otro lado de la conquista, contado por los que vivieron, sufrieron y vieron su cultura perderse a causa de la conquista.Tuve que leerlo a las apuradas para realizar un trabajo sobre las crónicas indígenas, y en verdad es muy completo. Me ha dado mucha información que no estaba al tanto, y lo agradezco.Siempre es bueno conocer los dos lados de una misma moneda.

    2. I had to read this for my intro class to Latin America from prehistory to 1800. I absolutely enjoyed reading it. Getting a peak into what the Mexicas felt, saw, and experienced was priceless for understanding the Conquest of Mexico in full. The language though melancholy was quite beautiful. I highly recommend for all history fans.

    3. A History by the Defeated, for the DefeatedHistory has always been written by the winners and for the winners. This has never been truer than the account of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. The history that has been taught in schools gives an account of a heroic battle between “good” and “evil”; however the accounts in Miguel Leon-Portilla’s Broken Spears sheds new light on a subject that has been dulled by relentless repetition of a victor’s history. The importance of a col [...]

    4. A must-read for all those interested in a history not often written: A history written by the nearly vanquished. Before read this book, I did not understand why Mexico still has a significant number of citizens who still speak native languages as either their first or their only language. They were nearly vanquished. I knew that English language has survived the English royalty being defeated. I was taught at university that English was the only language my professors knew to have kept thein lan [...]

    5. This book provides a detailed account of the destruction of the Nahuatl culture as witnessed by a few of its survivors.Some questions I've always had with regards to the meeting of these cultures: what was going through the native's mind when they first saw these ships? And how did they interpret their own downfall? Our knowledge of the events that transpired in the colonization process is mainly from the Spaniards point of view. Leaving an equally important narrative ignored and forgotten. For [...]

    6. La llegada de los españoles a América contada desde el hombre indígena, que tras luchar a muerte por su libertad, vio morir a su gente, vio contaminar sus ríos con la sangre de los vencidos, vio el hambre y la desolación por todas partes. Una versión de la historia que impresiona al corazón, porque uno no puede salir impertérrito de un relato que mueve los cimientos de lo que la iglesia, los políticos, la SEP nos han contado durante tantos años de la conquista española en México.

    7. Siempre me ha atraído la historia de los indígenas, sobre todo antes de la llegada de los españoles. este libro narra la caída de uno de los pueblos más fuertes de la América precolombina y lo que llevó a ello. se comprende mucho mejor el cómo ocurrió todo desde la visión de los vencidos y no de los vencedores, hay una diferencia importante entre una versión y la otra.

    8. It's as refreshing as it was when it was first published many years ago. Leon-Portillo's constructed account of "the vision of the vanquished" has been somehow rejuvenated with new "Nahua" sources (i.e. Emiliano Zapata's statements), which confirm the continuity, and transformation, of this "vision" throughout time. In recent years, academic studies have been more inclined to also address "cultural adaptations" which certainly allowed these voices to be reproduced and heard for many centuries af [...]

    9. Having read many of the Spanish accounts of the Conquest of Mexico it was extremely interesting to see the same story from the other side. Although this book lacks a strong narrative flow and overall context which would be critical for someone new to the subject area, if you are familiar with the Spanish version of events, then this is a must-read that fills in a lot of gaps in the Spanish account which helps to humanize the Aztec/Mexica and explain how cultural differences have lead to misinter [...]

    10. Classic account from Nahuatl texts of the battle between the Spaniards and Aztecs. Just a few perspectives and best read with a textbook or more thorough descriptions of the Encounter era. But so evocative and descriptive. Really easy read that my surrender love--but helps to have a more straightforward narrative to put this in context with. The editor was one of the first to do this back in the 50s when few read indigenous peoples' perspectives anywhere. So a great bit of historiography.

    11. It is mainly about telling the story-from different codexes- of the Spaniard conquest to the aztec capital (Tenochtitlan), and the territories around it There're a lot of Mexican names which makes reading it a little bit uncomfortable --By the way, it was one of my history class requirement, and that is why I am reading it Honestly, I would not be interested reading this kind of books

    12. Si se quiere aprender el punto de vista de los indigenas mexicanos un poquito antes de la conquista éste es el libro para hacerlo!

    13. An important historical text that gives the largely unheard perspective of the Aztecs when the Spaniards came to their land.Very dense, repetitive, and overall boring. Not my kind of book.

    14. i'm like halfway through this book and it's fucking great. why the fuck aren't more history books written like poetry?

    15. One of a kind. This was a great read, even if it was required book for class. I enjoyed every minute of it. This book will have you questioning everything you previously believed.

    16. An easy read given the date of original publishing. While slightly limited in covered content (depth) it is unique in covering accounts from the native perspective, where the greater depth can be found in other works.That uniqueness can be an issue given the lack of original source material, as on a few occasions the accounts are a bit too similar. While useful for corroboration it does handicap what is contained in the work.Very handy reference material and perspective.

    17. "Vision of the vanquished" --This book is unique in that it's the voice of those conquered, which is pretty rare for most historical events. It packs different accounts from Nahua peoples who lived during the conquest of their incredible lands. Fascinating to hear the poetic way the Aztec people described seeing horses and Spaniards for the first time. Significant part of history of the Americas; quick read.

    18. Originally published in Spanish in 1959, this work draws from multiple sources written within a lifetime of the events. It covers the events from another perspective we don't usually see in history (at least as I was taught in school) and is important for that. It's moving, tragic, and sad. But worth reading.

    19. Sin duda un pasaje sumamente interesante en la historia de México, la redacción no ayuda mucho al libro ya que hace que la lectura sea algo confusa y tediosa.A los que disfrutan este tema y este período histórico de México, les recomiendo ampliamente que lean Azteca de Gary Jennings, un libro exquisito y lleno de emoción de este período.

    20. Bittersweet. It's a beautiful thing to hear the often forgotten voices of my people, but the subject is a difficult one. The invasion, conquest, and destruction of homes and lives is a sobering thing to read. The cruel atrocities committed for gold make it hard to not be angry. This book took me there.

    21. Considero que es una referencia historica de la vida y conquista del pueblo Mexica, algunos textos producen emociones intensas, sobre todo del ataque de los mexicas a los españoles y de la toma de la ciudad de Tenochtitlan. Ademas contiene información general de los usos y costumbres de los mexicas que nos hace imaginar como era la vida de este pueblo antes de la Conquista. Lo he disfrutado mucho

    22. Antes de leer la Biblia o el Quijote mejor deberíamos leer la "Visión de los vencidos". Es un testimonio brutal y significativo de lo que somos los mexicanos. Texto breve acompañado de códices que nos hace reflexionar sobre el papel que tuvo la Conquista en nuestra forma de ser actual.

    23. I decided to teach this text for my fall class, “The History of History” in order to provide broader geographic and thematic scope for students. This was a great tool for that purpose, and students have really enjoyed the book! I’ll assign it again!

    24. A horrifying account of Cortez' conquest of Mexico plucked from the scarce native sources, this anthology captures the utter bafflement of the Aztecs at the arrival of the alien Spanish – vastly outnumbered, but ruthlessly determined to find treasure, at any cost.

    25. A tragic history that everyone alive today must study. Amazingly condensed while also casting a wide net, leaving the reader with as much hope as there can be for the Nahua people.

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