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Malinche

Post  laraschembrisant on Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:35 pm

In the 16th century, one woman forever changed the course of Mexicos history. She served Hernan Cortes as his translator and mistress and without her assistance, the Spanish conquistador would likely have been defeated. She was a woman who had many names, Malintzin in her youth and Dona Marina, after she had been christened. However, today the name she is frequently remembered by is La Malinche or simply, Malinche. Her name has become synonymous with hatred and scorn. Many look upon her as a traitor and hold her responsible for contributing directly to the conquest of her people. The Spanish soldiers on board planned to conquer present-day Mexico and take American Indian gold back to Spain. Within a short time, Malinche learned Spanish and became the lover Hernán Cortés, the Spanish leader. Malinche was a Totonac Indian. The Totonacs were enemies of the ruling Aztecs, whose empire covered much of Mexico. Malinche hoped the Spanish could free the Totonacs from Aztec rule. Malinche helped Cortés to understand the Aztec language. She knew about Aztec culture and advised Cortés on how to defeat them. As they marched inland, she told him that some Aztecs believed he was a long-lost god. Cortés used this information to trick the Aztec emperor. Malinche also helped convince other American Indian nations to join Cortés. By 1521, the Aztec capital city lay in ruins. The Totonacs were no longer subjects of the Aztec empire, but they did not find freedom under Spanish rule.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Malinche
http://www.tihof.org/honors/malinche.htm

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Re: Malinche

Post  Fabianny Silverio on Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:40 pm

Malinche is known as a trader for some but for others she isn't, it depends how you take the information. I think what she did was a good thing because if the Europeans wouldn't of conquest the Aztecs Mexico City wouldn't exist today. I liked you topic, Good job thumbs up 

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