Fascinating article regarding Hernan Cortes and his journeys in Central America/Mexico. Reading current American History textbooks and popular understanding of Spanish conquest of the New World, one would think that Cortes was the savage. This article points out that the savagery and brutality was mainly on display by the indigenous people. Certainly abuses occurred on the Spanish side, but there really needs to be a more balanced understanding regarding the complexities of colonization and discovery. Cannibalism, slavery and human sacrifice were not brought to the New World, they already existed there.