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Cortes and Castillo Introduction It was during the early portion of the 1500s that the Spanish infiltrated Mexico It was a time of great change and great conquest for many although it was also a time of great despair and struggle for others In examining this particular period of time we discuss two individual writers one who experienced the conquest and one who wrote later of the time The works discussed are Second Letter to Charles V and Letters from Mexico by Hernan Cortes and The Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo In addition to comparing and contrasting the works and authors we also discuss therein any discrepancies that are evident in relationship to the two authors First however we should truly address the situation being discussed Many firmly believe in the notion of conquest as it relates to Mexico and Spain Rashkin asks however Conquest Is that the right word conquesthtml Many activists such as those gathered on the Zcalo to celebrate Cuauthmocs birthday and fight for the rights of indigenous people prefer the term invasion And still others like holocaust believing it is the only term which adequately expresses the evil perpetrated on native Americans by European colonists conquesthtml Rashkin however also states that Sometimes I think it should be called the First Mexican Revolution because without the enthusiastic participation of Totonacan Tlaxcalan and other Indian allies who had just cause to oppose the ruling Aztecs Corts could never have taken over the great Mexican empire and world history would have been different In the end I stay with conquest Thats the term that Bernal Daz Castillo a conquistador who wrote about it many years laterAnd its as good a term as any for the great cataclysmic meeting of two high civilizations that played itself out in Mexico in 1519-21 conquesthtml Cortes Cortes was a man who actually fought under the infamous Cortez during the times being
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