The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico

The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico


By (author) Miguel Leon-Portilla

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  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 20mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 080705500X
  • ISBN 13: 9780807055007
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 285,524

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For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel Leon-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic "The Broken Spears," Leon-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. Leon-Portilla's new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.

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A moving and powerful account, a unique reading experience which should not be missed by any reader interested in history.--"Los Angeles Times"