History is said to always be written by the victors. In the case of The Florentine Codex, also known as General History of Things in New Spain, it was written primarily by Nahua intellectuals, although with some Spanish influence. Book 12 in particular contains accounts of the series of events that culminated in the collapse of the Mexican Empire, La Conquista. There are academic publications that emphasize the complexity of this collapse, emphasizing the resistance of the Mexica Empire and the crucial alliances between various original groups and the Spanish. Despite the availability of this information, the Conquest of Mexico is taught in Mexican primary education through a lens that describes the total defeat of the original groups by the Spanish, portraying them as defenseless. It could be said that the Mexican educational system projects a victim mentality and feeds a contemporary hatred towards the Spanish in today’s youth.
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