Spanish And Natives: Different Veiws Essay

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After the discovery of the New World in 1492, a series of events between the Spanish and the Native Americans occurred. There are different points of view of history about this New World, more historical texts have been presented to us in documents from the conquerors, the natives, and the colonists. Cortes was sent off to an expedition to the mainland and defeated an empire of millions, the letters to the king give insight to the Spanish point of view and the documents of the Nahua natives have showed their account of the conquest. An overview of the Contact and Conquest documents proved Cortes used allies and weaponry to defeat an empire, the Nahua Natives didn't believe the Spanish were gods, Bartolome de las Casas view is an accurate portrayal of the natives, and the Europeans and Spanish had the right to claim territory in the western hemisphere from the papal bulls from the pope.
In Hernando Cortes's letter to King Charles V of Spain, Cortes says “They could no longer had nor could find any arrows, javelins, or stones with which to attack us; and our allies fighting with us were armed with swords and bucklers, and slaughter so many of them on land and in the water that more than forty thousand were killed or taken that day.” Cortes's army and allies had advanced weapons compared to the natives which made it easier to overpower a mass amount of individuals. While they only had 508 men from Cortes's army, they also made allies on their journey to add to their number of people fighting to take over the empire of millions.
The Nahua accounts speak of the annihilation of the Otomis of Tecoac. The Tlaxcalans were aware of the destruction by the Spanish and feared them. Tlaxcalans took counsel and agreed to join the Spanish out of fear, not from belief they were gods. “There had been friction...

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