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May 17, 2022
Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM ET
Some 500 years ago occurred the remarkable culture clash between the Aztecs under their Emperor Montezuma and Spanish Conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés, along with vast numbers of Indigenous allies. New scholarship has given us a very different picture of these events and of the main actors than was common until very recently.
Part I - The Aztec Empire
The session begins with an overview of Aztec history and culture in the centuries immediately preceding the arrival of the Spanish, with a focus on the indigenous capital of Tenochtitlan. We will explore the origins and development of Aztec culture, focusing on the monuments and artifacts of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan and its central Templo Mayor. We will look through the lenses of archaeology, history, art, literature and comparative religion to arrive at an understanding of the dynamics of Aztec culture in the past, and its reverberations in the present day.
Part II - The Spanish Entrada
We then move on to consider the dynamics of what has traditionally been called the "Spanish Conquest," but which we now know involved a great deal of indigenous agency, and the emergence of colonial Mexico City on the ruins of the Aztec capital.
We consider the existing Spanish presence in the Caribbean, the mission of Cortes, his progress across central Mexico, and the fateful meeting with the Aztec Emperor Montezuma. We trace the story of the Spanish entrance into Tenochtitlan, the house-arrest of Montezuma, and the Aztec/Mexica resistance that drove the Spanish out of the city, the famous Noche triste, followed by the subsequent victorious return of the Spanish a year later, and the overthrow of the Aztec Empire and the establishment of colonial Mexico City on the ruins of Tenochtitlan.
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