Who conquered Mexico?
I’ve discovered it wasn’t the Spanish.
Have I been drinking a coco loco? (Coconut water with tequila)
Here’s un punto de vista diferente de la historia (a different point of view of the history).
Elena’s dad, Roman, always used to tell me, Los españoles no conquistaron México.
Then who did conquer Mexico?
The imperial Aztecs violently dominated and brutalized their neighbors. When offered the chance to form a coalition headed by the Spanish to overthrow the Aztecs, the neighboring peoples jumped at the chance.
The coalition had thousands of European soldiers, but it also had ten times as many indigenous warriors from the Tlaxcalatec, Tezcoco, and Matlatzinca groups as well as many other peoples.
The majority of the army that wiped out Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) was made up of indigenous warriors.
So, as my father-in-law used to say, it was the Mexicans who conquered Mexico.
To round off his refrain, he would also add, “The independence was won by the Spanish.”
Again, there is un punto de vista diferente de la historia (a different point of view of the history).
The sons of Spaniards born in the New World didn’t have the same status as those born in Spain. It was these second-class Spaniards who instigated the War of Independence.
And this completes Roman’s expression.
It was los mexicanos who conquered Mexico, and los españoles won the independence.
Celebrate the Independence Day of Mexico and six other Spanish-speaking countries between September 15–18 with me by learning to speak Spanish quickly and easily.
Speaking Spanish will bring new independence to your life.
Freedom to visit new places
To build lifelong friendships
To experience new cultures
Your mind will open up in ways that make you feel energized and more alive than ever before.
You’ll experience connections with your fellow man that’ll make your life sparkle.
You’ll meet people that you never could have met without Spanish.
And if you’re like me, meeting those wonderful people could change your life and your worldview forever.
The first step has never been easier.