In the Mayan accounts, one comes across elaborate details pertaining to these gifts, which are certainly not second to an explanation of a work of art furnished by a modern critic. As per the Spanish chronicles and accounts, the Spaniards in their accounts pertaining to their early interactions with Mayans do reveal that the Spaniards were trying hard to figure out the military and tactical strength of the Mayans. At the same time, they left no effort unattended in trying to intimidate the Mayans by a show of their military tactics, weaponry, and canons.
In contrast, the way the Mexica tell their story, it becomes quite evident that the initial Mexica approach towards the Spaniards was reconciliatory and placatory. While the Spanish were convinced right from the start that they were there in America to subjugate a civilization, Mayans, to a great extent guided by their religious beliefs, do believed that they will be able to forge amicable relations with the invaders, irrespective of the fact that the Mayans were wary of the Spanish invaders and kept a close watch on their movements and maneuvers.
The Spanish accounts of the invasion deem to be pecuniary, economically accurate in their estimates of the extent of the Mexican wealth, culturally and ethnically naï ve and somewhat inaccurate. In contrast, the Mayan accounts of the same invasions are imbued with a spirit of reconciliation, a sentiment of fear and anxiety on being invaded by a strange civilization, and certainly marked by a vivid eye for detail in an artistic, cultural and aesthetic context (Jones 31). The two sides narrate the same story; the one with tactical and economic stress, while the other with an eye on the possibilities for reconciliation and the artistic and cultural significance of the material and human exchanges that took place between the two civilizations.
Actually, such vivid deviations in the Mexican and Spanish interpretation of the invasions are quite visible and discernable when one labor to go through the historical accounts left by the two civilizations.
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