Cuauhtemoc's Final Speech

It is believed that Cuauhtémoc, the last Emperor (Tlatoani) of the Aztec (Mexica), delivered his final speech to his Governing Council on August 12, 1521. The next day he would surrender to the Spanish and their Indigenous allies. In the 20th century, what is believed to be Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc's final speech was recorded. In 2006, Mexico City erected a marker with his final speech in Náhuatl and Spanish. Click here to see the marker and read Cuauhtémoc's final speech in Náhuatl, Spanish, and English.

Below you will find an analysis of the first four lines of Cuauhtémoc's final speech by David Bowles - Mexican-American author, translator, and University of Texas professor. If you're having trouble seeing the below tweet threads you can also see them here: 1, 2, 3, 4.