Category Archives: Cortes

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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Second Letter of Cortes

This letter deals with Cortes’ observations of the Aztec capital (Mexico City)  Hernan Cortés: Second Letter to Charles V, 1520 IN ORDER, most potent Sire, to convey to your Majesty a just conception of the great extent of this noble … Continue reading

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La Malinche: Traitor or Heroine?

La Malinche: Traitor or Heroine? Our take on that question- The story of La Malinche is so twisted and contorted that even her very name cannot be easily defined: Malinalli, Dona Marina, Malinche, La Malinche, Malintzin are all names by … Continue reading

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After God we owe this conquest of New Spain to Doña Marina.

“After God we owe this conquest of New Spain to Doña Marina.” With these few casual words, Cortes refers to the existence of one of the chief characters in the splendid drama of the conquest — his Indian mistress Marina, … Continue reading

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First Letter of Cortes, Part 3

FIRST LETTER of CORTES, Part 3 Highnesses may believe for certain, that this battle was won, rather by the will of God, than by our forces, because weak was the defence of our four hundred against forty thousand warriors. After … Continue reading

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First Letter of Cortes, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This passage contains one of the only references to Malinalli by Cortes! FIRST LETTER of CORTES – Part 2 Pursuing their voyage, the first land where they arrived was the Island of Cozumel (now called Santa Cruz, as … Continue reading

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First Letter of Cortes, Part 1

Editor’s note: While this document is generally referred to as the ‘First letter of Cortes’ it was actually written by his men, the Conquistadors, at his urging in an attempt to set the record straight with the King of Spain, … Continue reading

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