A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando Corts that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conquest of the Americas On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Corts first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introductionthe prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americashas long been the symbol of Cortss 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 traditional tellings, When Montezuma Met Corts uses the Meetingas Restall dubs their first encounteras the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Corts and Montezuma. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Restall explores Cortss and Montezumas posthumous reputations, their achievements and failures, and the worlds in which they livedleading, 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.
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