They still used stone-age technology to conduct their businesses and protect themselves from attacks from other empires. The Spanish on the other hand had modern technology which was mighty and not in any way comparable to…
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On the other hand, the political control and power of the Spanish even before they came to conquer new world in the 1500s was invested in military personnel who were qualified in terms of leadership skills and prowess to fight. This is thus the reason it was not so hard for the Aztec rulers to welcome the Spanish due to their lack of leadership skills and wisdom.
According to history, there are three major reasons that led to the defeat of the Aztec by the Spanish in not only a short span of time but also by a very small number of Spanish people. These reasons include but are not limited to: technology, disease and religion (Pohl, 2005). As discussed earlier, the technology of the Aztec and that of the Spanish was incompatible. The technology used by the Aztec was naïve, ancient and could not stand a chance with the modern technology of the Spanish. This is especially so with fighting technological gear. The Spanish therefore easily used their horses, guns, cannons and qualified military to fight the unqualified, sword-fighting Aztec soldiers.
The Aztec people were religious individuals who related everything in their life with religion including sickness, death and success. As a result of their many gods, they thought the Spanish were one of their gods and hence welcomed them in their empire and exposed them to their lifestyle and once the Spanish had learnt enough about the Aztec people, they easily conquered them without using much military force or personnel.
The Spanish brought with them diseases like measles when they came in 1519 to Aztec. Since the Aztec people had no developed technology in medicine and relied on herbal doctors who had no idea what measles what or even how to cure it, many Aztecs died of the disease and the remaining were too weak to fight the conquers hence it was easy for the Spanish to defeat them.
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In this study, the impact and influence of culture will be highlighted along with its description and clarification in various aspects. The culture of Mexico is analyzed in a vibrant way in order to characterize the numerous aspects such as cultural values and customs, ethical issues, languages, religions, family life, educational outlook, cultural history, fooding, clothing.
Location of Mexico Mexico is considered as the third biggest nation in North America. It shares its border with United States of America (USA) on its north, while Pacific Ocean on the West, Gulf of Mexico on the east and Guatemala and Belize on the southeast.
A recent travel and tour survey conducted by the WTTC also ranked Mexico as the second largest tourist destination in the Americas with 32.6 million estimated arrivals for the year 2011 with a total spending of $ 13.3 billion indicating a 3.4 % rise. Historic artifacts include the Meso-American ruins, beach resorts, and colonial cities.
Whatever is known about pre-colonial Mexico is known through the work of archaeologists. It is known that the most ancient civilization in Mexico was of the Olmecs. They built many cities and used to construct huge stone head statues. They also used to worship a jaguar god.
The Spanish religion was based on heaven and hell in a vertical way, but the Nahua felt life was more circular. Another aspect that shaped the conquest was the view of life and death. The Spanish were taught that life would end and heaven or hell would begin.
Economic and political instability in Mexico has an impact for its neighbor too. Migration by Mexicans into the U.S. has taken place since the 19th century. Contrary to popular belief this migration is not always a negative prospect. Such migration has a greater positive for the economies of both the two countries.
Due to its location between the two American continents, it is being influenced by both the continents’ political, social, economic, cultural and many more aspects. Mexico has been under Spanish rule for close to three centuries,