Document Analysis: The Second Letter of Henan CortÃÂ©s to Charles V
The Second letters to Charles V were written by Hernan CortÃÂ©s of Spain in 1520. The letters were sent to Charles V to justify CortÃÂ©s actions of attacking the Aztec's against his superiors order. The letters that CortÃÂ©s wrote details the lifestyle, and culture of the Aztec's and how worshipped pagan gods. This document is a set of letters that Hernan CortÃÂ©s wrote detailing his experiences within the area known today as Mexico. These documents allow readers to see the Aztec culture through the eyes of CortÃÂ©s during his conquest in Mexico. As a result of this, there is a bias against the Aztecs in the letters since CortÃÂ©s was a very religious Christion. This article was intended mainly for the Emperor, but the details CortÃÂ©s put into explaining the power of Aztecs would eventually be used to present the achievements of CortÃÂ©s.
[1: Arkenberg, CortÃÂ©s. "Hernan CortÃÂ©s: From Second Letter to Charles V, 1520." Internet History Sourcebooks. January 1, 1998. Accessed November 13, 2014. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1520cortes]
In 1485, Hernan CortÃÂ©s was born in Spanish kingdom of Castile and would later on die in 1547 at the age of 62. CortÃÂ©s would go to become a Spanish Conquistador and would eventually lead a campaign that would end in the creation of New Spain or future Mexico. His most well-known achievement would be his ability to conquer the Aztec empire in 1521. CortÃÂ©s did have an education since he studied at the University of Salamanca to become a lawyer but would drop out after two years, to chase after the tales and stories of the new world. As a result, CortÃÂ©s education allows the Second letter to Charles V to illustrate the society of the Aztecs in a sharp way. CortÃÂ©s...