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The Great Meeting

1. The Spanish impression of the Mexica was that they were far more primitive than the True False
Europeans.

Explain:

2. The Mexica had a proud history True False

Explain:

3. The Mexica practiced human sacrifice. True False

Explain:

4. The Spanish defeated the entire Mexica empire with a small force of about 500 men. True False

Explain:

5. The main reason why the Spanish successfully subdued the Mexica was their superior True False
technology in weaponry.

Explain:

6. Moctezuma II was a weak and ineffectual leader who was nave about the Spanish. True False

Explain:

7. The whole of Mexico was conquered by 1521. True False

Explain:
The Great Meeting

1. The Spanish impression of the Mexica was that they were far more primitive than the True False
Europeans.
Explain: Spaniards were in awe of Tenochtitlan. It was larger than any city in Europe at the time and was clean, well-
organized and wealthy.

2. The Mexica had a proud history True False


Explain: The Mexica were not a powerful group and had been driven by more powerful groups to poor land. When
they did rise to power through alliances, they rewrote their history with a more glorious past.

3. The Mexica practiced human sacrifice. True False


Explain: The did practice human sacrifice, but they typically used prisoners of war. It was not only religious, but also a
tactic of power to intimidate other Indian groups they ruled.

4. The Spanish defeated the entire Mexica empire with a small force of about 500 men. True False
Explain: The Spanish were initially driven back by Tlaxcala, until they formed an alliance against the Mexica and the
Triple Alliance. Cortes would not have been able to defeat the Triple Alliance if peoples unhappy with Mexica rule had
not allied with them to fight.
5. The main reason why the Spanish successfully subdued the Mexica was their superior True False
technology in weaponry.
Explain: Disease was the primary force that weakened the Mexica. After the Spaniards were initially driven out of
Tenochtitlan, disease began to devastate the Mexica. When Cortes returned with his allies the city was weakened and
was then conquered.
6. Moctezuma II was a weak and ineffectual leader who was nave about the Spanish. True False
Explain: Moctezuma may have made a mistake to allow the Spaniards into the city, it would have been difficult to
anticipate the threat.
7. The whole of Mexico was conquered by 1521. True False
Explain: While the Mexica were conquered, many other Indian groups remained free from their control. It took
several more decades to subdue the region.

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