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Jeremy Drummond
History of World Civilizations
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December 9, 2014 Horrible Aztecs or Hypocritical Spaniards? Since the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, many other “explorers” sought to conquer the various native tribes and exploit the resources the Americas had to offer. When discovered by the European explorers, it was only a matter of time the not-so-great- Spanish conquistadors arrived with their plans to take over the Americas – even if it meant generating rumors and propaganda about how horrible the Aztecs were. The conquistadors would bring back reports to Europe saying the Aztecs were a brutal, human sacrificing cult who needed to be destroyed. While there is some archeological evidence to back up these claims, the Spanish strongly exaggerated the truth about such to coerce the Christians in Western Europe into thinking their invasion of the Americas was okay. Upon arriving in Mexico, Hernando Cortes, a famous Spanish Explorer who unbeknownst to many gave California its name, was an enslaver and murderer of not only the Aztecs, but his own people as well. “He was known to dismantle his own ships in an effort to force his followers had no choice but to follow him inland (Jaffee).”1 The sheer self-righteousness of he and his followers, none can fathom. At first, Cortes was mistakenly thought to be “Quetzalcoatl,” or the “bearded god of the Aztecs” because of his light skin and beard. On the contrary, Cortes is nothing close to a “winged god,” or “feathered serpent,” as the natives claimed. Cortes managed to conquer the Aztec’s population of 5 million people with only 1,000 soldiers. The Aztecs, along with other Indians during his conquests were beaten, tortured, raped, enslaved, and murdered. “To the Natives, Cortes and the conquistadors’ attitudes were savage and pagan (Hassler 64).” 2 This bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Biblical teachings which are supposed to be considered “sacred” to Cortes and his people. In fact, the behavior and treatment by Cortes and his “Christian” followers go against almost all of the Ten Commandments mentioned in the Bible, which most Christians are supposed to live by. The Aztecs did in fact practice human sacrifice. However, the truth about the extent to which they did and the reason behind it would rewrite history. Human sacrifice, whether for simple pleasure, or for reverence to a deity, is taboo on every level. To claim the Aztecs practiced human sacrifice by the thousands, as some might predict, is a bit extreme. According to researchers in the field of modern archeology, studies have shown that the Aztecs did not in fact sacrifice thousands or even hundreds of people at a time in the name of religion. Evidence suggests the truth is much simpler. The Aztecs, like many other societies, practiced terrorism. “The Aztec leadership may have been megalomaniac dictators, but were clever nonetheless. Their use of human sacrifice was not founded in deep religious convictions, but rather a tactic to maintain power by terrorizing their own people and by terrorizing the numerous neighboring tribes they conquered (Jaffee).”3 It has been clearly revealed in various societies that scare tactics and brainwashing can be quite effective. For example, the famous Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein controlled his nation using the same methods as the Aztecs. “Imprisonment, torture, mutilation and execution were frequent occurrences, at least for those who chose to dabble in anything vaguely political (Macfarquhar).”4 Mr. Hussein’s account was just one of many around the world used by various harsh rulers in an effort to control people. By many he was considered brutal, but by many his fierceness and strictness gave the people a sense of comfort, thus they were brainwashed. While the conquistadors were ambitious in setting out to explore a world unknown to white man at the time, their motives behind their ambitions were different than they had everyone back home believing. They were hypocrites. The Christians back in Western Europe needed not be told the truth about the Aztecs so that the conquistadors could continue their expeditions, or in this case “extortions,” with support. It is plain to see that the conquistadors were just regular humans who set out to do what humans do naturally, and that is take from others to preserve self, project the wrongdoing by means of confusion, and tell a huge lie that will go down in history in an effort to look innocent.

1. Jaffee, Andrew. “Whitewashing Aztec Terrorism.” Freerepublic.com. August 24, 2006. Accessed November 11, 2014. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1689206/posts
2. Hassler, Peter. “Human Sacrifice Among the Aztecs? A Critical Study.” Switzerland: World Press Review, 1992.
3. Jaffee, Andrew.
4. Macfarquhar, Neil. “Saddam Hussein, Defiant Dictator Who Ruled Iraq With Violence and Fear, Dies.” New pagewanted=all&_York Times, December 30, 2006. http:// www.nytimes.com/2006/12/30/world/middleeast/30saddam.html? r=0.…...

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