Category Archives: Cortes

MALINTZIN from http://malintzin.org/

MALINTZIN (mah-leen-tsin) One of the most controversial figures of the Spanish Conquest, is Malintzin, also known as La Malinche or Doña Marina. She was born to a noble family, was enslaved, became an interpreter and confidante to the Spanish explorer … Continue reading

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Goddess of Grass Chapter 3 Part 1

The Emperor Montezuma is too busy dealing with one disaster after another, each one rocking his world, to notice the resentment growing in the vassal states. First the famine and now severe floods right here in the capital. LakeTexcocois a … Continue reading

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Goddess of Grass Chapter 2 Part 1

The Conqueror For nearly two years Cortés continues to make conquests of his own—the female variety—and each adds to his personal treasury until he finally accumulates enough to buy passage to Haiti and set himself up as a colonist. The … Continue reading

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Goddess of Grass Chapter 1 Part 2

The Conqueror While the Emperor struggles with fevered nightmares, far away another man is bothered by different kind of night fever—one much more pleasant. He loves the smell of her; she is a woman, older than him by ten years … Continue reading

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Goddess of Grass Chapter 1 Part 1

1 The Emperor The pungent sweet fragrance of flowers from the many gardens throughout the city mate with the soft cries of every species of the exotic birds kept in extravagant cages, and carry on the night breeze.  The same … Continue reading

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Locating the Self-Location of Malintzin

A very interesting essay on Malintzin: Locating the Self-Location of Malintzin Orlando Lara, olara@stanfordalumni.org As Teaching Assistant for Daniel Valdez in the staging of Ollin during the winter quarter of 2003 at Stanford University, one of my tasks was to … Continue reading

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Easter and the Conquistadors

The Spanish Conquistadors were very religious Catholics and Easter was very important to them. Bernard Diaz recounts a particularly important meeting on their first Easter in the New World: On Holy Thursday, in the year of our Lord 1519, we … Continue reading

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