Assignment - Focus Paper, The Broken Spears
Using specific examples from the book, answer the following two questions:
1. What do the documents featured in the book tell us about the point of view of the people who wrote them, and about the experience of conquest by the Spanish?
2. In what ways do the accounts contained in The Broken Spears support arguments made in the textbook about the American (Columbian Exchange)? Identify gaps in coverage in both sources, keeping in mind that The Broken Spears is a primary source (the voices of people who actually witnessed or experienced the conquest of Mexico) and the textbook is a secondary source (written well after the fact and whose purpose is to convey broad coverage of modern world history).
The length for this paper is 500 words minimum. Papers that are significantly shorter will not receive full credit. You should answer each question separately, using full sentences and good grammar. In addition to the above requirements, in order to receive an "A" grade you must use plenty of specific examples from the book. One of the objectives of this paper is to ensure you have actually done the reading. It is up to you to convince me! Therefore, vague answers, or answers that do not include plentiful specific examples, will not receive full credit.
The book “The Broken Spears” covers events of the Spaniards making their way into the Valley of Mexico and taking over the great city of Tenochtitlan. In contrary to the Spaniards views many of the documents featured in the book are taken from the point of view of those who actually saw the conquest of Tenochtitlan, that is, the Aztecs. The documents tell us about fear, bravery, loyalty, and courage of the Aztecs.
As the Spanish traveled toward the Aztec city, news from the messengers of destroyed cities alerted others of what was to come. The Tlaxcaltecas immediately allied with Cortes because they knew if they rebelled, they would destroy them as well. They became loyal...