The End of The Aztecs (Turning Points In History)
- Sales Rank:478,026
- Format:Kindle eBook
- Language:English (Published)
- Media:Kindle Edition
- Publication Date:May 30, 2012
History offers no more astonishing instance of the part that chance plays in our lives than the catastrophic, slow-motion clash between Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes and the Aztec leader Montezuma. The landing of Cortes and his men on the shore of Mexico in 1519 came as a shock to the Aztecs. Everything that followed from that moment to the destruction of an entire civilization was a succession of stunning surprises:
• The surprise that Cortes would step into a land where so many wanted to revolt against the indigenous central government.
• The surprise that the Spaniards could overcome the enormous military odds against them.
• The surprise that Cortes could take Montezuma captive in his own capital.
• The surprise that the Spaniards could level the entire city of Tenochtitlan.
• The surprise that illness could annihilate tens of millions of people.
• The surprise that the backbone of an entire civilization could be broken in a matter of only a few decades.
Here, in this Kindle Single, is a humbling story for anyone who neglects to take into account the inevitability of the unpredictable in human affairs.
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