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A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando Cortés that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conquest of the AmericasOn November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introductionthe prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americashas long been the symbol of Cortés bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere.But is this really what happened? In a departure from traditional tellings, When Montezuma Met Cortés uses the Meetingas Restall dubs their first encounteras the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Cortés and Montezuma.

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