Practice analyzing sourcing and using a document as evidence. Use the passage below as evidence to support an evaluation state development in Mesoamerica before the Spanish Conquest, include sourcing analysis. Best answer(s) will feature in an AP World Cram stream
Spanish soldier Bernal Díaz del Castillo recalled approaching the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in a book published forty-seven years after his travel there with Hernan Cortes in 1519.
And when we saw so many cities and villages built in the water and other great towns on dry land and that straight and level causeway going to-wards Mexico [Tenochtitlan], we were amazed … on account of the great towers and [temples] and buildings rising from the water, and all built of masonry. And some of our soldiers even asked whether the things that we saw were not a dream? It is not to be wondered at that I here write it down in this manner, for there is so much to think over that I do not know how to describe it, seeing things as we did that had never been heard of or seen before, not even dreamed about.
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Reply to this thread with your three-sentence (or so) answer. Explain how Diaz’s account supports an evaluation of state development and analyze how an element (HIPP) of the sourcing influences the content of the document.
Deadline for submission:
April 12, 2020 → April 14, 2020
I will not necessarily provide feedback, but I will pick one or more responses to feature on AP World Cram stream #3: States and Empires, 7pm ET on April 14th.
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