Mexico re-brands 1520 Spanish defeat as ‘Victorious Night’

Officials in Mexico City held a small ceremony and unveiled a plaque to re-brand the method the 1520 defeat of Spanish conquistadores is remembered

July 1, 2020, 3: 11 AM

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Authorities in Mexico City held a small event and unveiled a plaque Tuesday to re-brand the method the 1520 defeat of Spanish conquistadores in Mexico’s capital has actually been kept in mind.

For centuries, Mexicans called June 30, 1520 “La Noche Triste,” or the “Sad Night,” the name provided to it by the eventually victorious Spaniards. That was due to the fact that hundreds of Spaniards and their Native allies died when Hernán Cortés and his troops got away the significantly defiant Aztec capital, now Mexico City.

On Tuesday, Mexico City authorities revealed a plaque and banners celebrating the Spanish defeat, calling it “The Victorious Night.”

The event is symbolic of how Mexicans have actually fought with how to mark the 500 th anniversary of the 1519-1521 Conquest.

At that time, Aztec warriors under their brand-new leader, Cuitláhuac, attacked the Spaniards as they left from the island city of Tenochtitlan, across a narrow causeway.

Once they reached dry land, Cortés apparently sat and wept under a tree. The initial “Tree of the Sad Night” was later burned.

But on Monday, city Culture Secretary José Alfonso Suárez del Real y Aguilera planted a small tree of the exact same kind– a Montezuma cypress– at the website and revealed the “Triumphant Night” plaque.

” Let’s break with these legends of sadness and tears, and acknowledge the strength, the guts and the audacity of the Mexica individuals who stood up the invaders,” Suárez del Real y Aguilera stated.

Drawing a parallel with the current coronavirus pandemic, he advised Mexicans to keep in mind that the Aztecs were beat as much by smallpox and other European illness that the Spanish brought, as by their swords. “Let’s acknowledge that, if it had not of been for the smallpox, the Conquest surely would not have actually been as easy and simple as it was to cruelly assault individuals passing away of cravings and an unknown disease.”

The running away Spaniards dropped a few of the gold they had looted from the Aztec capital, then referred to as Tenochtitlán. Some of the gold was later found and was checked recently, confirming it was likely Aztec gold.

Cortés pulled back from Mexico City, regrouped, got more Native allies and in 1521 returned to dominate the Aztec capital. The Spaniards went on to conquer the rest of Mexico in the taking place years.

Mexico has had problem with how to mark the 500 th anniversary of the conquest, which led to the death of a large part of the nation’s pre-Hispanic population.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has actually demanded an apology from Spain for abuses devoted during the conquest.

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