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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?