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What You Didn't Know About Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest: A Free PDF Download

# Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest Free Download ## Introduction - What are the seven myths of the Spanish conquest and why are they important to debunk? - Who is the author of the book and what is his approach and sources? - How can you download the book for free? ## Myth 1: The Myth of Exceptional Men - How did Columbus, Cortés, and Pizarro become the icons of the conquest? - What were the standard procedures and expectations of colonial expansion that they followed? - Who were their predecessors and successors that have been ignored or overshadowed? ## Myth 2: The Myth of the King's Army - How did the conquistadors portray themselves as loyal soldiers of the king and emperor? - What were the actual backgrounds, motivations, and identities of the conquistadors? - How did they operate as feudal lords, mercenaries, and adventurers? ## Myth 3: The Myth of the White Conquistador - How did the racial composition of the conquistadors change over time and place? - Who were the African and Moorish conquistadors and what roles did they play? - How did the indigenous allies outnumber and outfight the Spaniards in many battles? ## Myth 4: The Myth of Completion - How did the Spanish writers create a narrative of a complete and rapid conquest of the Americas? - What were the challenges, resistances, and failures that the Spaniards faced in different regions? - How did the conquest remain unfinished and contested for centuries? ## Myth 5: The Myth of (Mis)Communication - How did the Spaniards communicate with the native peoples and what difficulties did they encounter? - Who were the interpreters, translators, and mediators that facilitated cross-cultural exchanges? - How did language and writing shape the perception and representation of the conquest? ## Myth 6: The Myth of Native Desolation - How did the Spaniards depict the native peoples as passive victims or savage enemies of the conquest? - What were the diverse responses and strategies of the native peoples to resist or adapt to the conquest? - How did the native cultures survive and transform under Spanish colonialism? ## Myth 7: The Myth of Superiority - How did the Spaniards justify their conquest as a civilizing mission and a divine mandate? - What were the advantages and disadvantages of the Spanish military, political, and religious systems? - How did the native peoples challenge and influence the Spanish superiority complex? ## Conclusion - What are the main arguments and contributions of the book to our understanding of the conquest? - What are some of the implications and applications of the book to our present-day world? - What are some of the questions and debates that remain unresolved or open for further research? ## FAQs - Q: Who is Matthew Restall and what are his credentials? - A: Matthew Restall is a professor of colonial Latin American history at Pennsylvania State University. He is an expert on ethnohistory, which is the study of history from indigenous perspectives. He has written several books and articles on topics such as Maya history, African diaspora, and colonial Yucatán. - Q: Where can I find more information about the seven myths of the Spanish conquest? - A: You can visit Matthew Restall's website ( where he provides links to his publications, podcasts, videos, and interviews. You can also check out his blog ( where he discusses his book and related issues. - Q: How can I download Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest for free? - A: You can download a PDF version of Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest for free from this link ( You can also access a free preview of some chapters from Google Books ( - Q: What are some other books that challenge or complement Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest? - A: Some other books that you might find interesting are: - 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann - The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other by Tzvetan Todorov - The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico by Miguel León Portilla - Seven Myths of Africa in World History by David Northrup - Q: How can I learn more about the Spanish conquest from the native perspectives? - A: You can read some of the primary sources that Matthew Restall uses in his book, such as: - The True History of the Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Díaz del Castillo - The Florentine Codex by Bernardino de Sahagún - The Royal Commentaries of the Incas by Garcilaso de la Vega - The Huarochirí Manuscript by Anonymous

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