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“Montezuma Surrenders in the U.S. Capitol: The History of One of the Greatest Lies in History”

March 24, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Aztec emperor Montezuma surrenders to the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés in the US Capitol—in a painted scene in the rotunda.  This historical moment is well known, and yet—Matthew Restall (Pennsylvania State University) argues in this talk—it is a conquistador fib, one of the great lies of history.  How has such an invention survived for half a millennium, how did it end up in our Capitol rotunda, and what really happened when Cortés met Montezuma?

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Date:
March 24, 2016
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Organizer

George Washington University History Department
Website:
http://history.columbian.gwu.edu/

Venue

Gelman Library at The George Washington University
2140 H St NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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