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The Sad Night: The Story of an Aztec Victory and a Spanish Loss

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An account of the establishment of the Aztec empire in Mexico and of the terrible battle between the Aztecs and the Spaniards known as the Sad Night.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 18th 1994 by Clarion Books
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Ebookwormy1
Engaging illustrations and factual story telling teach kids about the back and forth nature of the conflict between the Spanish and the Aztecs. The text is very discreet about Aztec practices (such as human sacrifice), and while it accurately accounts that many native tribes assisted the Spanish because they were unhappy with Aztec rule, it limits their discontent to "heavy tribute" without specifying that tribute was paid in both money and lives for sacrifice.

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Rachel
Apr 07, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
"The Sad Night" is the true story of the rise of the Aztec people, the arrival of the person they thought was their feathered serpent-god Quetzacoatl (Hernan Cortes) and the first battle between the Aztecs and the Spanish conquistadors led by Cortes, which ended in the death of many Aztecs and Spanish alike. It was a victory for the Aztecs, but it was short-lived as Cortes came back with a bigger army, which crushed the Aztecs, destroyed their capital and replaced it with the city that eventuall ...more
Greentealearner
May 29, 2012 Greentealearner rated it liked it
Very edited versio of history but I also know it is for children and therefore they have to have all the gory details. The illustrations are wonderful and give readers a good fondation to build on Mexican history.
Josette
Aug 10, 2009 Josette rated it really liked it
Account of the conquest of the Aztec leader Atahualpa by the Spanish conquistador Cortes.
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