Fifth sun : a new history of the Aztecs
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In November 1519, Hernando Cortes walked along a causeway leading to the capital of the Aztec kingdom and came face to face with Moctezuma. That story - and the story of what happened afterwards - has been told many times, but always following the narrative offered by the Spaniards. After all,we have been taught, it was the Europeans who held the pens. But the Native Americans were intrigued by the Roman alphabet and, unbeknownst to the newcomers, they used it to write detailed histories in their own language of Nahuatl. Until recently, these sources remained obscure, only partiallytranslated, and rarely consulted by scholars.For the first time, in Fifth Sun, the history of the Aztecs is offered in all its complexity based solely on the texts written by the indigenous people themselves. Camilla Townsend presents an accessible and humanized depiction of these native Mexicans, rather than seeing them as the exotic, bloodyfigures of European stereotypes. The conquest, in this work, is neither an apocalyptic moment, nor an origin story launching Mexicans into existence. The Mexica people had a history of their own long before the Europeans arrived and did not simply capitulate to Spanish culture and colonization.Instead, they realigned their political allegiances, accommodated new obligations, adopted new technologies, and endured.This engaging revisionist history of the Aztecs, told through their own words, explores the experience of a once-powerful people facing the trauma of conquest and finding ways to survive, offering an empathetic interpretation for experts and non-specialists alike.
ContentsThe trail from the Seven Caves (before 1299)
People of the valley (1350s-1450s)
The city on the lake (1470-1518)
Strangers to us people here (1519)
A war to end all wars (1520-1521)
Early days (1520s-1550s)
Crisis: the Indians talk back (1560s)
The grandchildren (1570s-1620s).
Aztecs -- First contact with Europeans.
Aztecs -- Historiography.
Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540.
|Publisher|| New York, NY :2019
xii, 320 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-307) and index.