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Student in Residency Parts 3,4 & 5

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Without doubt, t successfully cultivate military alliances, tere was the overriding need to communicate with the subjugated people under Mexica Empire. Bt there was the problem of language barrier. Erly on in the expedition, Crtes picked up Geronimo de Aguilar, aship-wrecked Spaniard proficient in the Mayan dialect. Ufortunately the groups that Cortes wanted to most ally with were the Tlaxcala dialect who spoke Nahualt not the Maya dialect. H was however fortunate to receive from a Mayan leader a gift in the form of a woman called Dona (in Spanish).

Hr real name was Malintzin in mexica dialect, r-interpreted into Spanish as Malinche. Oiginally a Mexican, se had been sold into slavery to the Mayans, s she could speak both a mayan dialect and Nahualt. Terefore between Aguilar and La malinche, Crtes could communicate with native groups and forge military alliances. L Malinche and cortes worked closely and developed a sexual relationship which culminated in her giving birth to Martin: te son of Hoernando Cortes. Crtes landed along the Gulf of Mexico and travelled inwards. Aong the he gathered Indian allies and fought battles.

Nws of Cortese’ arrival and battles reached Moctezuma, epecially news that Cortes had brutally murdered nobles in the city of Cholula. Iterestingly at first Moctezuma refused to meet Cortes, bt after a period of time he thought it would only be prudent for him to meet with him as a diplomatic gesture. S on November 18 1519, Crtes entered the city of Tenochtitlan, were he was received by Moctezuma. Te meeting was friendly but later encounters between them would leed to slaughter, teft and battles.

Te purpose of the reading is to bring us into perspective and be able to grasp and fully understand the precarious situation in which Cortes had found himself. Te letter is a fast –past narrative and emotional in a defensive way; a if time was running out for Cortes at the same time, h felt he had an obligation to explain to the emperor the nature of the real saga…at least from the perspective of an obedient and trusted servant of the king who had been to subdue lands and bring them to the subjection of the emperor.

Prtrayed by some of his men as a greedy and senseless man fighting a useless battle; h felt that he had to put the king to speed and tell him the real story lest he be labeled a traitor back at home. I...

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  • Pages: 5 (1250 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Sociology
  • Level: Masters
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