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Differences Between The Aztecs and Spanish Conquistadors

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Differences Between The Spanish and Aztec Technology
Spanish Conquistadors
Aztec
Aztec Technology in Transportation
The Aztec technology had advanced to the point in time when they were familiar to wheel. However it was only used for toys not for transportation. They did not have any horses or mules, therefore they developed dugout canoes with which they transported themselves and their goods throughout canals, lakes, and waterways found in the valley of Mexico. Since they did not use animals for transportation they used human bearers which would carry heavy loads instead. The Aztecs had built their canoes
by burning the center of the trees and then carving the tree until it became a
shape like the canoe. The main purpose of the canoe was, for bringing fresh
vegetables and fruits to the markets.
Some canoes varied in sizes but the most a canoe could hod was 6 people.


Aztec technology in weaponry

The Aztec had no iron or bronze materials for their weapons or tools, so many of the ancient Aztec had to develop many of their tools and weapons without these kinds of benefits and metals . For this reason, many of their tools were made with obsidian or chert. Near the time the Aztecs were about to be attacked by the Spanish conquistadors, the Aztecs began experimenting with some stone and copper materials for making tools and weapons. Axes and blades were some of the weapons and tools that were being experimented with. The Aztecs became so advanced with their technology that they even began to make drills with reeds or bones.
The Aztecs armor was not as advanced as the Spanish conquistadors but it still provided a great amount of protection for them in battle. The kinds of materials that they had used in battle was Ichcahuipilli; its a quilted cotton armor. These vests were usually one to two fingers thick, and was resistant to their obsidian swords. They also had some small rounded shields that were called Chimalli. These shields were made from wood and twisted fibers, and featured a great color design. In addition, they could be decorated with feathers. Other shields that they designed were created with a very thick type of cotton that could be rolled up while being prepared for battle.


Spanish Technology in weaponry

The Spanish Conquistadors were more advanced in their technology for their weaponry, because the Spanish Conquistadors had guns and iron swords while the Aztecs were fighting with their obsidian swords and bow and arrows. There were different types of Spanish Conquistadors, there were Horsemen,Cavalry,and Foot Soldiers. The Horsemen generally had two weapons that they would use in battle lances and a steel swords. Their lances were long wooden spears with a iron or steel point at the end. in closer combat the rider would use his sword. The sword was usually and steel sword that was around three feet long, and relatively narrow, and sharp on each side. The Foot Soldiers could use a variety of weapons . Some Foot Soldiers used harquebus, sort of an early musket. like the Cavalry, the Spanish Foot Soldiers made good use of a sword, a heavily armoured Spanish Foot Soldier could cut down around a dozen native enemies in a minute.
The Spanish armor was encased from head to toe in a steel shell. The Spanish Conquistadors were all but invulnerable when facing the native enemies. The natives had no such weapon that could pierce through the armor and therefore not that many armored spanish conquistadors died in battle. The helmet that was mostly associated with the Spanish Conquistadors was the morion, was a heavy steel helmet with a crest or a comb on the top and sweeping sides that came to a point on either side of the helmet.



Spanish Technology in Transportation

The Spanish Conquistadors had horses, which gave them an advantage over the Aztecs who travelled by foot. The Spanish Conquistadors also had wheelbarrows to transport their weapons and armors, unlike the Aztec, who carried their weapons. The Spanish Conquistadors had ships which they had arrived by.

Difference Between The Spanish and Aztec Technology
Aztec
Spanish
The Aztec had no iron or bronze materials for their weapons or tools, so many of the ancient Aztec had to develop many of their tools and weapons without these kinds of benefits and metals . For this reason, many of their tools were made with obsidian or chert. Near the time the Aztecs were about to be attacked by the Spanish conquistadors, the Aztecs began experimenting with some stone and copper materials for making tools and weapons. Axes and blades were some of the weapons and tools that were being experimented with. The Aztecs became so advanced with their technology that they even began to make drills with reeds or bones.
The Aztecs armor was not as advanced as the Spanish conquistadors but it still provided a great amount of protection for them in battle. The kinds of materials that they had used in battle was Ichcahuipilli; its a quilted cotton armor. These vests were usually one to two fingers thick, and was resistant to their obsidian swords. They also had some small rounded shields that were called Chimalli. These shields were made from wood and twisted fibers, and featured a great color design. In addition, they could be decorated with feathers. Other shields that they designed were created with a very thick type of cotton that could be rolled up while being prepared for battle.

The Aztec technology had advanced to the point in time when they were familiar to wheel. However it was only used for toys not for transportation. They did not have any horses or mules, therefore they developed dugout canoes with which they transported themselves and their goods throughout canals, lakes, and waterways found in the valley of Mexico. Since they did not use animals for transportation they used human bearers which would carry heavy loads instead. The Aztecs had built their canoes
by burning the center of the trees and then carving the tree until it became a
shape like the canoe. The main purpose of the canoe was, for bringing fresh
vegetables and fruits to the markets.
Some canoes varied in sizes but the most a canoe could hod was 6 people.


The Spanish Conquistadors were more advanced in their technology for their weaponry, because the Spanish Conquistadors had guns and iron swords while the Aztecs were fighting with their obsidian swords and bow and arrows. There were different types of Spanish Conquistadors, there were Horsemen,Cavalry,and Foot Soldiers. The Horsemen generally had two weapons that they would use in battle lances and a steel swords. Their lances were long wooden spears with a iron or steel point at the end. in closer combat the rider would use his sword. The sword was usually and steel sword that was around three feet long, and relatively narrow, and sharp on each side. The Foot Soldiers could use a variety of weapons . Some Foot Soldiers used harquebus, sort of an early musket. like the Cavalry, the Spanish Foot Soldiers made good use of a sword, a heavily armored Spanish Foot Soldier could cut down around a dozen native enemies in a minute.
The Spanish armor was encased from head to toe in a steel shell. The Spanish Conquistadors were all but invulnerable when facing the native enemies. The natives had no such weapon that could pierce through the armor and therefore not that many armored spanish conquistadors died in battle. The helmet that was mostly associated with the Spanish Conquistadors was the morion, was a heavy steel helmet with a crest or a comb on the top and sweeping sides that came to a point on either side of the helmet.

The Spanish Conquistadors had horses, which gave them an advantage over the Aztecs who traveled by foot. The Spanish Conquistadors also had wheelbarrows to transport their weapons and armors, unlike the Aztec, who carried their weapons. The Spanish Conquistadors had ships which they had arrived by.


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