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Professor Davíd Carrasco

Question for September 2020

If you could go back in time to the days of the Aztecs for one day, and could only ask them one question, what would it be? Asked by The Raleigh School. Chosen and answered by Professor Davíd Carrasco.

European depictions of the arrival of Cortés in Tenochtitlan, and of Moctezuma II
European depictions of the arrival of Cortés in Tenochtitlan, and of Moctezuma II (Click on image to enlarge)

What was Moctezuma thinking when the Spaniards arrived at the edge of the city?

Picture sources:-
• Main: illustration scanned from Campbell’s New Revised Complete Guide and Descriptive Book of Mexico by Reau Campbell, Sonora News Company, Mexico City, 1899
• Inset: detail from a portrait of Moctezuma II from The Indian Races of North and South America by Charles de Wolf Brownell, Hurlbut, Scranton and Company, Hartford, Connecticut, 1864.

Professor Davíd Carrasco has answered 4 questions altogether:

Did the Aztecs have a particularly BAD ruler, like we had Henry VIII?

Was it true that the Aztecs believed that by wearing masks they took on extra powers?

Did the Spanish first meet the Aztecs during the day or at night?

If you could go back in time to the days of the Aztecs for one day, and could only ask them one question, what would it be?

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