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Latin American History

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Latin American History 179

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Latin American History since 1820
Dr. Kirk Shaffer
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Date Created: 01/21/16
Violence and Social Conflict in the Aztec Empire▯ ▯ Background▯ -Aztecs were originally Mesoamerican immigrants- includes Mayans, Olmecs, and Toltecs▯ ▯ -Mayans were astronomers, built pyramids, worshipped the Sun God▯ -Chichimec- original name for Aztecs, where Aztecs originated from▯ ▯ -Lived in northern Mexico▯ ▯ -Started moving to southern Mexico (1100)▯ -1300’s- Chichimecs settled in Tenochtitlán, created an artificial island ▯ -Triple Alliance- between Aztects and other natives, in which the Aztecs were the most powerful ▯ -1500- Tenchotitlán was the largest city in the region▯ -1519- Spanish (Hernán Cortés) arrived in Tenochtitlán▯ ▯ Religion and Ideology▯ -Legend of Huitzilopochtli- god of war▯ ▯ -Gods told the Chichimecs to continue moving until they saw an eagle sitting on a cactus with a snake in its beak ▯ ▯ -Caused Chichimecs to settle in Lake Texcoco (modern day Mexico City) ▯ -Eventual merging of Mesoamerican and Aztec religion- Huitzilopochtli became the god of the sun and war ▯ ▯ -Human sacrifice to prevent god from destroying the world ▯ -Xipitotec- god spring, was represented by a snake▯ ▯ -human sacrifice of children to appease the rain gods (tears resembled rain)▯ ▯ Economy▯ -Tribute states- purpose was to expand the empire▯ ▯ -Conquered communities had to accept Huitzilopochtli and contribute to the empire ▯ -Potecas- functioned as merchants and spies▯ ▯ -Traveled the empire to ensure trade agreements▯ ▯ ▯ Rebellion▯ -Parepecha- tribe in western Mexico▯ -Tlaxcala- tribe in eastern Mexico▯ ▯ -Unconquered by Aztecs so that it would serve as a training area for Aztec ▯arrior-Eventually joined Cortés to fight against the Aztecs▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Inca Empire▯ ▯ Expansion▯ -1463-1471, 1471-1493- expanded to Ecuador▯ -1493-1525- expanded to Chile▯ -Cuzco- capital city▯ ▯ Kurakas and Ayllus▯ -Ayllus- families and communities▯ ▯ -Everything is shared ▯ -Kurakas- head of Ayllus, distributes labor ▯ -Incas reshape Ayllus- tell Kurakas that Ayllus will be in charge of only making 1 product, and that this product will be sent to Cuzco ▯ ▯ Ruling the Empire▯ -Kings were seen as divine figures▯ -Exploitation of Kuraka’s children- sons were taken to Cuzco and were taught quechua (language), religion, and statecraft▯ ▯ -Girls were taken to become secondary wives to the king, or were sacrificed to the gods because they were seen as pure▯ -Empire consisted of around 40 million people▯ -There were road networks that served as a distribution system, messaging system, and -Mitimaes- served as spies, and helped solve problems within communities ▯ ▯ -If problems in communities couldn’t be solved, they would report back to Cuzco, bring the army and relocate the community to the outskirts of the empire▯ ▯ ▯ Resisting the Empire▯ -“Weapons of the Weak”- stop production, flee, and loot▯ -Old Ika- used pottery as a weapon▯ ▯ -Incas forced the Old Ika to use pottery that only had Inca symbols on it, but the Old Ika would dig up their ancestor’s pottery and use that instead▯ -Shuar- never defeated by the Inca or Spaniards ▯ ▯ -Amazon warriors▯ ▯ -Cut off their enemies head, shrink it, and wear it around their necks so that the power of the dead warrior would be absorbed▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Spanish Conquest of the Caribbean and Mexico▯ ▯ Colombus’s 4 Voyages▯ -1492-93▯ -1493-96▯ -1498-1500▯ -1502-04▯ -Conquistador motto- “God, Gold, and Glory”▯ ▯ Spanish Expansionism (1508-11)▯ -Bullionism- the idea that wealth is based on gold▯ ▯ -What the Spaniards believed▯ -1508- Ponce de León conquered Borinquen (Puerto Rico)▯ -1511- Spanish conquered Cuba▯ca▯ ▯ Conquest of Mexico (1519-19)▯ -1518- first Spanish contact with Aztecs▯ -Juan de Grijalva- led the first expedition, and reported to Juan de Velásquez (gov. of Cuba) that there was gold and cities▯ -1519- Hernán de Cortés is given permission to lead a new expedition and start an encomienda in Mexico▯ ▯ -Encomienda- labor grant for indigenous while teaching them Christianity▯ ▯ ▯ -Was actually exploitation, and the natives suffered a lot▯ -Gov. of Cuba called of expedition at the last minute▯ -Malinche- was Cortés’s translator (spoke Maya and Nahuatl)▯n illegal invasion▯ ▯ -Contributed greatly to the conquest of the Aztecs and is portrayed as a traitor ▯ ▯ Moving towards Tenochtitlán▯ -1519- Cortés encounters Cempoalans and defeats them, so the entire community joined him▯ ▯ -Joined by Tlaxcalans▯ -Moctezuma- Aztec emperor, is told by priests that Cortés may be a returning god▯ ▯ -Quetzalcoatl prophecy- Quetzalcoatl is a bearded, pale, cloak wearing god. He left Mesoamerica to sail east, and promised to return to his homeland▯ ▯ Cortés takes Tenochtitlán▯ -1519- Cortés is welcomed by Moctezuma and the Aztec people▯ -Cortés and Moctezuma co-rule the empire, and Cortés tries to change the religion▯ ▯ ▯ Problems Encountered▯ ▯1520--When Cortés shows Narváez the gold, the majority of his fleet decides to join Cortés▯ -Pedro de Alvarado- is left in charge of Tenochtitlán▯ ▯ -Angers Aztecs because he forbids dancing and festivals▯ and war, and starts killing the Aztecs ▯llion because of the festivals to the god of sun ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯


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