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Analytical Essay (15%)
 
For the analytical essay assignment, you will examine two conflicting accounts about the meeting between Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and the Aztec ruler Montezuma II in 1519.
 
The first primary source is a description of the meeting from the perspective of the Mexica people, the group that Montezuma II ruled over. The second primary source is written from the point of view of Cortés, although we now know that it was likely composed by a Spanish contemporary. Each source emphasizes certain aspects of the meeting while downplaying or omitting details found in the other source. The goal of this assignment is not to figure out which one is true or false. Instead, you are expected to highlight differences and similarities between the two, and argue for why one is more convincing than the other and in what ways.
 
There are three criteria which your essay will be judged. First, you must properly contextualize the period in which this meeting took place. Some questions you may want to consider are: why were Europeans, and the Spanish, in particular, in the Americas during this period? What were they hoping to gain from their incursions into the Americas? (Consider Cole and Symes, 330-341). Next, you are expected to compare and contrast the opposing sources. Some questions you should consider are: what similarities do they share? What differences are there? Finally, you must state which of the two sources you find more convincing (you may find both convincing for different reasons). Questions you could think about include: why is one more trustworthy than the other? What suspicions do you hold about the less convincing source?
 
This essay must be about 1000 words long, doubled spaced, 12-point font, and include proper citations. To effectively complete the above requirements, you must draw on your note-taking assignment (which should provide most of the historical context of your paper), and the two primary sources. You can find them here:
 
https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/teaching-resources-for-historians/teaching-and-learning-in-the-digital-age/the-history-of-the-americas/the-conquest-of-mexico/florentine-codex/mexica-accounts-of-moctezuma-meeting-cortes
 
AND
 
https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/teaching-resources-for-historians/teaching-and-learning-in-the-digital-age/the-history-of-the-americas/the-conquest-of-mexico/letters-from-hernan-cortes/cortes-on-meeting-moctezuma
 
To prepare for this essay, we will be doing a short in-class exercise on October 4th to help you get started.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Writing Your Essay

  1. Your essay must have an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You must include your thesis statement (a sentence or two that states your main argument) in the introduction and repeat it in your conclusion using different words and phrasing.

 

  1. You must discuss (compare and contrast) several different sources in each body paragraph, whenever possible. This means that you must try to integrate the sources into your essay; your essay after all is all about these sources. You cannot just write separate paragraphs focusing on each source.

 

  1. You must include some direct quotations and paraphrase parts of each source in your body paragraphs. You must use the sources to support your thesis statement and ideas.

 

  1. You must use citations to give credit to the ideas you take from both the primary and secondary sources. Remember that without citations you are stealing the ideas of your authors and this is called plagiarism!

 

  • If you need to cite one of the primary sources within the body of your essay, your citation should appear at the end of your sentence and it should look like this: When referring to his arrival in the Aztec capital, Cortés states: “I was kept waiting about an hour, until all had performed the ceremony.” (Cortés, Second Letter) If you would like to cite information from the other primary source, please use: (Bernardino de Sahagún, Florentine Codex).
  • If you need to cite information from the textbook, please use: (Cole and Symes, Western Civilizations, page #). Here, you would include the specific page number where you found the information you are citing.

For additional tips about how to write a comparative essay, please refer to the uploaded document entitled: “A Pocket Guide to Writing in History.”I strongly encourage students to send me drafts of their work for feedback by no later than the evening of March22nd. Furthermore, feel free to message me any questions about the assignment.
This essay is due on March29th, either in class or via Mio before midnight. Late papers will be penalized 3% out of 100% for each day after the due date.

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two conflicting accounts about the meeting between Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and the Aztec ruler Montezuma II in 1519

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Analytical Essay (15%)
 
For the analytical essay assignment, you will examine two conflicting accounts about the meeting between Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and the Aztec ruler Montezuma II in 1519.
 
The first primary source is a description of the meeting from the perspective of the Mexica people, the group that Montezuma II ruled over. The second primary source is written from the point of view of Cortés, although we now know that it was likely composed by a Spanish contemporary. Each source emphasizes certain aspects of the meeting while downplaying or omitting details found in the other source. The goal of this assignment is not to figure out which one is true or false. Instead, you are expected to highlight differences and similarities between the two, and argue for why one is more convincing than the other and in what ways.
 
There are three criteria which your essay will be judged. First, you must properly contextualize the period in which this meeting took place. Some questions you may want to consider are: why were Europeans, and the Spanish, in particular, in the Americas during this period? What were they hoping to gain from their incursions into the Americas? (Consider Cole and Symes, 330-341). Next, you are expected to compare and contrast the opposing sources. Some questions you should consider are: what similarities do they share? What differences are there? Finally, you must state which of the two sources you find more convincing (you may find both convincing for different reasons). Questions you could think about include: why is one more trustworthy than the other? What suspicions do you hold about the less convincing source?
 
This essay must be about 1000 words long, doubled spaced, 12-point font, and include proper citations. To effectively complete the above requirements, you must draw on your note-taking assignment (which should provide most of the historical context of your paper), and the two primary sources. You can find them here:
 
https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/teaching-resources-for-historians/teaching-and-learning-in-the-digital-age/the-history-of-the-americas/the-conquest-of-mexico/florentine-codex/mexica-accounts-of-moctezuma-meeting-cortes
 
AND
 
https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/teaching-resources-for-historians/teaching-and-learning-in-the-digital-age/the-history-of-the-americas/the-conquest-of-mexico/letters-from-hernan-cortes/cortes-on-meeting-moctezuma
 
To prepare for this essay, we will be doing a short in-class exercise on October 4th to help you get started.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Writing Your Essay

  1. Your essay must have an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You must include your thesis statement (a sentence or two that states your main argument) in the introduction and repeat it in your conclusion using different words and phrasing.

 

  1. You must discuss (compare and contrast) several different sources in each body paragraph, whenever possible. This means that you must try to integrate the sources into your essay; your essay after all is all about these sources. You cannot just write separate paragraphs focusing on each source.

 

  1. You must include some direct quotations and paraphrase parts of each source in your body paragraphs. You must use the sources to support your thesis statement and ideas.

 

  1. You must use citations to give credit to the ideas you take from both the primary and secondary sources. Remember that without citations you are stealing the ideas of your authors and this is called plagiarism!

 

  • If you need to cite one of the primary sources within the body of your essay, your citation should appear at the end of your sentence and it should look like this: When referring to his arrival in the Aztec capital, Cortés states: “I was kept waiting about an hour, until all had performed the ceremony.” (Cortés, Second Letter) If you would like to cite information from the other primary source, please use: (Bernardino de Sahagún, Florentine Codex).
  • If you need to cite information from the textbook, please use: (Cole and Symes, Western Civilizations, page #). Here, you would include the specific page number where you found the information you are citing.

For additional tips about how to write a comparative essay, please refer to the uploaded document entitled: “A Pocket Guide to Writing in History.”I strongly encourage students to send me drafts of their work for feedback by no later than the evening of March22nd. Furthermore, feel free to message me any questions about the assignment.
This essay is due on March29th, either in class or via Mio before midnight. Late papers will be penalized 3% out of 100% for each day after the due date.

Our academic experts are ready and waiting to assist with any writing project you may have. From simple essay plans, through to full dissertations, you can guarantee we have a service perfectly matched to your needs.

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