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Post On 500th Anniversary, Mexico Rebrands "Noche Triste" as "Noche Victoriosa"
Created by John Eipper on 07/01/20 4:58 PM

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On 500th Anniversary, Mexico Rebrands "Noche Triste" as "Noche Victoriosa" (Enrique Torner, USA, 07/01/20 4:58 pm)

On the night of June 30-July 1, 1520, Hernan Cortés' Spanish troops, together with Tlaxcalans troops, suffered a terrible defeat against the Aztecs at Tenochtitlan, despite the fact that they had captured Moctezuma.

That battle became what would be called "La Noche Triste" ("The Sad Night") because Cortés wept from the many deaths and injuries in his army. After 500 years, however, yesterday, Mexican officials have decided to rebrand the night as "The Victorious Night," unveiling a new plaque and planting a Montezuma cypress to celebrate their 500-year-old victory against the Spaniards. Here are a couple of links:

https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/history/2020/06/30/mexico-re-brands-la-noche-triste-victory-500th-annivesrary/5353710002/

https://apnews.com/d1a95cd52a77f6e9ca62fd30b9e1b957

Again, history being rewritten! So what's new?

JE comments: I've taught La Noche Triste (now Victoriosa) for almost 30 years, yet I somehow missed the anniversary. Thanks for the reminder, Enrique! The great 19th-century historian Prescott translated it more poetically, "The Melancholy Night."

Spain, however, used the Julian calendar until 1582.  By this handy converter...

https://keisan.casio.com/exec/system/1227757509

...July 1st 1520 is July 11th in our Gregorian system.  So we have another 10 days to contemplate the cultural significance.  We Americans know 7-11 as, well, 7-11 Day, when you can queue up for a free Slurpee (not this pandemic year, however; it's canceled).


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