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Colonialism By Hernan Cortes Summary

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Colonialism, according to Webster’s dictionary, is the policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically (1). Hernan Cortes was a Spanish conquistador, who against the wishes of the crown, set out on an expedition in 1519 to conquer a new world. Hernan Cortes came with the sole intent to conquer and economically exploit the new world he intended to conquer. Wikipedia does a decent job at providing reliable information, but I would argue that there are multiple areas the author can expand on to help expand the perspective beyond that of a bias. The first suggestion that I would make in this Wikipedia article would be to provide a more objective view of the native allies/allies, to get an all-encompassing idea of what actually happened. The perspective of this article is that of the Spanish conquistador, while acknowledging that the author gives nods to various indigenous groups. This is shown through the authors use of providing only surface level claims, not revealing the true intentions of Cortes’ Expedition. In the text, there is a claim made by Cortés that stated the natives “think of us as gods, or godlike beings” because the Aztecs and Montezuma thought Cortés was the Aztec god Quatizquatoal returning. The description of the interaction is mentioned when the author states that “Cortes attempted to frighten the Aztec delegation with a display of his firepower” (), this use
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