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Period IV: Contextualization

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Understanding Historical Events In Context 0:56
    • Regard Past As Foreign Country
    • Using Context Gets Accurate past
    • Not Taking Context-Inaccurate-Lazy Thinking
    • Bigger Picture
    • World Influences
  • The Spanish Conquest 6:04
    • Racial Superiority
    • Technology
    • Religion
    • National Story
    • Heroes
  • The Aztec Empire 9:44
  • Hernan Cortez 10:08
    • Governor Saw Him As Rival
  • Cortez's March 11:36
    • 500 Men
  • Montezuma 12:12
  • Context-Disease 13:48
    • Small Pox
    • Population Immunity
    • Killed 30% Of Those Who Got it
    • Native Americans Had No Immunity- Almost 100% Killed
  • From The Florentine Codex 15:39
    • Bernadino Sahagun
  • The Devastation Of Small Pox 18:05
    • Indians Died In Heaps
    • Homes Became Tombs
  • Context- Brutal European Warfare 19:28
    • Moors Removed From Spain
    • Brutal Warfare
    • Religious Wars Are Brutal
  • Cortez Sinks His Ships 21:32
  • Context-Native Allies 22:12
    • Human Sacrifice
  • Human Sacrifice Has Consequences 23:45
    • Cortez Attack Aztecs
  • Context: La Malinche 26:51
    • One Of The Slave Women Given To Cortez
    • Malinche Knew A Lot Of Languages
    • Valuable As Interpreter
    • 'Next To God, She Is Responsible For My Success'
  • Traitor Or Hero? 29:21
    • Cortez And Malinche Has A Son
    • Mother Of Mexicans
    • Also A Traitor
  • Context-Religion 31:18
    • God's Will
    • Montezuma- People Needed To Appease Gods
  • Quetzalcoatl 33:05
    • Some People Believed Cortez Was Quetzalcoatl
    • To Kill Him Might Be Wrong
  • Context Is Essential 34:17
    • World Historical Context
    • Luck