The Conquest of Mexico: Hernán Cortés and Montezuma's Tense Exchange

TLDR Hernán Cortés and his Spanish adventurers find themselves in the heart of the Aztec empire, surrounded by a culture shock and a language barrier. Montezuma and Cortés have a tense exchange about idols and gods, leading to conflicting expectations and behaviors.

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00:00 Hernán Cortés and his Spanish adventurers find themselves in the heart of the Aztec empire, surrounded by people who don't speak their language, and are unsure of what will happen next.
04:42 Hernán Cortés and his men are amazed by the well-ordered and regimented nature of Tenochtitlan, as well as the science fiction-like culture shock they experience upon entering the city.
08:30 Hernán Cortés and his men witness a culture clash when they enter the shrine of the god Huitzilopochtli, seeing statues covered in jewels and pearls, human faces hanging from the neck, and idols made of seeds and human blood, causing them to feel a sense of unease and likening it to descriptions of idols and blood sacrifice in the Bible.
12:08 Cortés and Montezuma have a tense exchange about the idols and gods, with Cortés expressing his belief that the idols are devils and Montezuma being deeply offended and defending his gods.
15:54 Montezuma and Cortés spend time together, with Montezuma giving guided tours of his palace complex, playing games, and even teaching one of Cortés' page boys about Spain, leading to debates about who is in control and who is exploiting who.
19:57 The standard account of the conquest of Mexico, which claims that Moctezuma surrendered his kingdom immediately and was held as a prisoner by Cortez, is highly implausible and contradicted by historical evidence.
23:46 Montezuma's fascination with collecting and displaying various animals and people, including dwarves and hunchbacks, suggests that he saw the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors as an opportunity to add to his collection and potentially use them as bodyguards.
27:40 The tension between Montezuma and the Spanish arises from their conflicting expectations and behaviors, with the Spanish primarily interested in acquiring wealth and behaving poorly, leading to the question of what to do with them, including the possibility of sacrificing them during the festival of the flaying of men.
31:39 Montezuma learns of the arrival of more strangers, who are not allies of Cortez but have come to apprehend him, leading Montezuma to tell Cortez that he can go home without delay.
36:06 Cortez takes Montezuma hostage and leaves a small group of men in Tenochtitlan while he goes to confront his fellow Spaniards on the coast, with everything hanging in the balance.
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