Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | June 18, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—June 19, 2009: Cortés’ Second Letter to Charles V

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Hernan Cortés (1485 – 1547) was a Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztec empire, which was located in what is now Mexico.

This week’s text is his second letter (dated October 30, 1520) to Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor.  Cortés wrote five letters to Charles V giving his personal account of the conquest of Mexico.  As such, they tend to exaggerate some aspects of the expedition but are generally considered reliable descriptions of what the Spaniards found in Mexico.

The second letter features his description of the Aztec capital and the riches of the Aztec empire.

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Cortés’ text at this website:

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1520cortes.html

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