While the myth says that Malinalli, the daughter of a chief, "fell in love" with Hernan Cortes and, for this reason, helped him to conquer Montezuma, and to bring the Aztec Empire to an end, the historical record shows a different reality, namely that Malinalli, given in slavery to the Spaniards and baptized as Marina, had her own reasons for ending Montezuma's bloody rule and used her supreme intelligence and talent with languages to accomplish her goals.
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Jon Amsden is an economist, an historian, and a published author. He has written on labor struggles in Spain under Franco, college life in America during 1960s, the economics of the gold price, and the threat of global warming. His careful reading of the many documents and eyewitness accounts of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, caused Amsden to see that it was a very unusual woman, who had been given to the Spaniards as a slave, as the person who made the conquest of Mexico possible, and not Cortes and his fellow adventurers. It was thus a woman who had adopted the ethos of Christianity and not the Spanish raiders who had come to the Mainland in search of gold and slaves who brought human sacrifice and Montezuma's bloody rule to an end.
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