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      The Godbey Lecture Series Presents - The Great Insurrection: Spaniards and their Indigenous Allies in the Downfall of the Aztec (Mexica) Empire, 1519-1521 in Dallas


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      March 7, 2019

      Thursday   5:15 PM

      5900 Bishop Boulevard
      Dallas, Texas 75275

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      The Godbey Lecture Series Presents - The Great Insurrection: Spaniards and their Indigenous Allies in the Downfall of the Aztec (Mexica) Empire, 1519-1521

      Popular images of the Spanish “conquest” of Mexico have endured over the centuries: the victory of the bold and ruthless Spanish Conquistadors, led by Fernando Cortés, and the defeated but noble and tenacious Aztec warriors, led by Cuauhtémoc, the last ruler of the island city of Tenochtitlan. The tragic story of the bitter and bloody siege of the Aztec capital by the Spanish invaders, and the ultimate destruction of this indigenous empire in central Mexico have relied largely on Spanish accounts: principally the letters of Cortés and a chronicle penned by a Spanish conquistador in the Mexican expedition, Bernal Díaz del Castillo. Professor Andrien will challenge this largely Spanish narrative by exploring the role of the thousands of indigenous allies, who fought with the Spanish invaders between 1519 and 1521 in a great insurrection to overthrow the Aztec Empire. About Kenneth Andrien:  Kenneth J. Andrien is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in history at Southern Methodist University. He is the author and editor of several books, including Crisis and Decline: The Viceroyalty of Peru in the Seventeenth Century (1985); The Kingdom of Quito, 1690-1830: The State and Regional Development, (1995); Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness Under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825 (2001); and most recently with Allan J. Kuethe, The Spanish Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century: War and the Bourbon Reforms, 1713-1796 (2014). *Free Parking is provided outside of the Meadows Museum on SMU Campus*

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