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History is possibly the most important area of study in the modern world We begin our study of history at an early age and continue throughout our lives We need to keep an account of the past in order to truly understand who we are today The old saying history repeats itself has a great deal of truth to it The development of agriculture architecture and literature are just a few areas in which history has indeed repeated itself in different times in different lands but often from similar causes and with similar consequences However sometimes historys repetition takes on an ironic twist Societies designed to empower the wealthy are overthrown by the poor Individuals who are scorned and rejected during their lifetime are later realized for their progressive genius An aggressive culture takes over an area builds a great empire only to be eventually overthrown by somebody else This the endless cycle of the conqueror becoming the conquered is the case with the Aztec empire One of the most prominent topics of interest when studying history is conflict We want to know what factors led to certain wars how the winning side succeeded and what the immediate and long term effects of the war were The major difficulty in studying wars is the fact that their accounts are generally recorded by the victors The losers are usually not in a position to challenge the victors accounts or even to plead their case This is the situation we face when we study the Spanish conquest of Mexico The majority of the material on this subject has been taken from the Spanish accounts such as the True History of the Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Diaz del Castillo and the Letters from Mexico by Hernando Cortes This makes it difficult to get an objective view of this important historical event For this reason a testimony such as The Broken Spears is a vital
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