The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
by Portillo, Lysander Kemp, and J. Jorge Klor de Alva Year Published: Challenging
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 León-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, León-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. León-Portilla?s new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts. A great book that offers the nonconventional point of view from the losing side of Spanish conquest. My only problem with this book is that much of the information came in the form of oral stories passed down from generation to generation, and I feel as though there is definitely information lost in the translation. Even with some flaws, it is still a very solid book.