Directions: Watch the film, “The Mayans” and answer the following questions as thoroughly as possible. Answer in complete sentences.
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1) What was Hernan Cortes’s backstory?
2) How many men went with Cortes?
3) When did Cortes land in Mexico? Where did he land?
4) Who was Malinche? How is she remembered in Mexico today? Do you agree?
5) What was the first encounter between the Spanish and the Aztecs like?
6) What was the prophecy that worried Montezuma? What signs did the Aztecs find that Cortes fit the prophecy?
7) Why did Cortes destroy his own ships?
8) Why did some natives ally with the Spanish?
9) What resources did the Spanish find in Mexico?
10) What hardships did the Spanish face?
11) What happened at Cholula?
12) When did Cortes reach Tenochtitlan? What were the Spanish impressions? What were Montezuma’s reactions?
13) Why did the Spanish arrest Montezuma? How did he die?
14) What happened when the Spanish tried to escape from Tenochtitlan?
15) How did Cortes conquer Tenochtitlan? What was the impact of disease?
16) In your opinion, was Cortes a hero or a villain?