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Do you have a favorite day in history?


La Noche Triste (The Sad Night).

The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City)
I can't say which is the greatest day in history, not without my brain exploding in the process of trying to narrow it down from way too many choices. On the other hand, I can easily say which is my favorite day in history. It is the date I've had listed in my profile since registering here five years ago: La Noche Triste, June 30, 1520. That was the day indigenous Aztec forces came closest to halting the 16th Century European invasion of the Americas.
Maya (not Aztec) representation of women filling water jugs).


Some sources attribute it to the acuity of one lone woman who late at night (while filling water jugs) caught the Spaniards trying to sneak out of town with their stolen gold. Her cries raised the entire city against them.

There are certain events in history I tend to ruminate on when I'm laying in bed having trouble sleeping (I've never used sleeping pills). There's nothing like falling asleep while meditating over a reality that is different than the one you've known during the day. The events of that rainy night are one of them.

La Noche Triste ("The Night of Sorrows") on June 30, 1520, was an important event during the Spanish conquest of Mexico, wherein Hernán Cortés and his army of Spanish conquistadors and native allies fought their way out of the Mexican capital at Tenochtitlan following the death of the Aztec king Moctezuma II, whom the Spaniards had been holding as a hostage. The event is so-named on account of the sorrow that Cortés and his surviving followers felt and expressed at the loss of life and treasure incurred in the escape from Tenochtitlan.
Aztecs assault fleeing Spaniards on the Tlacopan causeway.
The fighting was ferocious. As the Spaniards and their native allies reached the causeway, hundreds of canoes appeared in the waters alongside to harry them. The Spaniards fought their way across the causeway in the rain, sometimes using the portable bridge to cover the gaps, although as the battle progressed some gaps had become so filled with wreckage and bodies that the fugitives were able to walk across. Weighed down by gold and equipment, some of the soldiers lost their footing, fell into the lake, and drowned.
That night in the rain, the Aztecs had gotten the better of the Spaniards. Many Spaniards and allies, along with the gold they were still clutching, were dispatched to the bottom of the lake. However, the prize they most needed to sieze eluded them.
Cortés, Alvarado and the strongest and most skilled of the men had managed to fight their way out of Tenochtitlan, although they were all bloodied and exhausted. Cortés himself had been injured in the fighting. All of the artillery had been lost, as had most of the horses.
Led by Cuitláhuac (successor to the killed Moctezuma II), this was the apogee of Aztec resistance to Spanish conquest. Never before had they come so close to thwarting Cortés, and never again would they. It could've turned out that Cortés was one of those on the lake bottom entombed with his gold and armor. None of his captains likely could've taken his place in the complex web of alliances that allowed him eventual victory over the Aztecs.
Eventually, another expedition would've been sent from Cuba, and then another and another. However, the Aztecs had proved they could learn the Spanish tactics and how to deflect them. Perhaps with enough time, they wold've found ways of compensating for the decimation of disease brought by the Spanish.

Time would've played on their side.

While there was dissatisfaction among allied and tributary states towards harsher elements of Aztec dominance, those dissatisfactions were as nothing compared to what Spanish rule would bring. With time, and with more former allies of the Aztecs waking up to the reality of total conquest, the Aztecs could've redefined their relationship with other tribes and forged a real alliance of interest.

Against such a united indigenous front, Spanish colonial expeditions would've quickly been dumped back into the sea from whence they came (even with indigenous communities decreased via disease by as much as 90%). Without the gold and silver from the New World, Spain would've been much less capable of mounting significant expeditions of conquest.

The Aztecs, according to their own myths, arrived in the Valley of Mexico originally as relatively poor nomads compared to the ancient settled civilizations they found there. They quickly learned from those civillizations, and adopted the tools and knowledge they deemed worthwhile. They would've done the same in resisting the Spanish onslaught given time. And all that might've been from one woman.

It takes a village to raise a child, but sometimes one woman with a sharp eye is all it takes to raise a city.

Anyways, I like to think about it sometimes late at night.  

What about you?
Do you have any day in history you often find yourself thinking of?

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NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

Mexican Kossacks - Formed: Apr 14, 2013, Organizer: roberb7

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SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

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Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

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Saturday, September 21st

Los Angeles Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Boulevard • North Hollywood
(One block from North Hollywood Red Line Station)

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. 714day
3. susans
4. otoelbc
5. jakedog42
6. Flowingone
7. Joe Bacon
8. chiwere
9. Gay CA Democrat
10. SanFernandoValleyMom
11. joe markowitz
12. Ducktape
13. MugWumpBlues
Maybees:
RLMiller
Brecht
Latest diary: LA Kossacks: Meetup: September 21, 2:00 PM, North Hollywood, The Federal
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DeKalb, Illinois Kossacks

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Saturday, September 21st

DeKalb, Illinois Kossacks Dinner & a Show!

DINNER:
TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Rosita's Mexican Restaurant
642 East Lincoln Highway • DeKalb

SHOW:
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: The Stage Coach Players Theater
126 South 5th Street (2 blks. from dinner) • DeKalb

ORGANIZER: Send NormAl1792 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. NormAl1792 (on stage as Henry II)
2. winifred3
3. luvsathoroughbred
4. Mr. luvs
5. Amber6541
6. Amber6541's sister
7. 1864 House
8. 1864 House's husband
Maybees:
Latest diary: Northern IL Kossacks Dinner and a Show This Saturday
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Tuesday or Wednesday, September 24th or 25th

Farm Day for Oregon Kossacks! Baby Goat and Goat Cheese Edition

TIME: Anytime,  all day!
LOCATION: Oregon Gal's farm
Address given privately • Alsea, Oregon

ORGANIZER: Send Oregon Gal a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Oregon Gal
2. Sara R
3. winglion
4. Horace Boothroyd III
5. Blue Jessamine
6. loggersbrat
7. 6412093
8. exlrrp
Maybees:
 Cedwyn
Latest diary: Oregon Kossacks: FARM DAY! (with baby goats)
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Saturday, September 28th

Indianapolis Kossacks First Ever Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Shapiro's Deli
808 S Meridian • Downtown Indianapolis

ORGANIZER: Send CityLightsLover a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. CityLightsLover
2. annan
3. Mokuar
4. Alexandra Lynch
5. dylanfan
6. zenbassoon
7. Hawksana
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, October 19th

DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. Gordon20024
5. gulfgal98
6. DawnN
7. Sandy on Signal
8. Mr Sandy on Signal
9. Munchkin
10. Alecia
11. Mr Alecia
12. cultjake
13. flwrightman
14. Otteray Scribe
15. Burns Lass
Maybees:
people power granny
One Pissed Off Liberal
Christian Dem in NC
SteelerGrrl
SteelerGuy
polecat
Audri
Phil S 33
emmasnacker
bobwilk
Elaine
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
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Sunday, October 20th

MEGA Philly/NJ/NYC Kossacks Meet-up!

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Avenue • New Brunswick, NJ

ORGANIZER: Send mconvente a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. mconvente
2. belinda ridgewood
3. thankgodforairamerica
4. gchaucer2
5. sidnora
6. rubyr
7. mattc129
8. hayden
9. mallyroyal
10. Avilyn
11. blue jersey mom
12. ericlewis0
Maybees:
aravir and son
ask
Cinnamon
No Exit
andgarden
asterkitty
pfiore8
joanneleon
renzo capetti
Latest diary: Philly/NJ/NYC Mega Meetup! Initial Information & Interest Diary
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Friday, October 25th

LAKossacks & SoCal Inland Empire See Lewis Black!

TIME: 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Dr. • Rancho Mirage

ORGANIZER: Send 714day a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. 714day
2. jakedog42
3. susans
4. Otoelbc
Maybees:
Shockwave
SoCaliana
Latest diary: L.A. Kossacks, Lewis Black Fans in So Cal
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Friday, October 25th

Meet the Daily Kos Editorial Staff!

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Daily Kos HQ
Address given privately to RSVP'ers • Berkeley

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
You will need to bring Potluck.

HQ will be providing the main course like before. Please sign up for a beverages or side dishes below.

- POTLUCK SIGNUP BELOW -

Beverages:
16 six-packs of beer [3 down, 13 to go]
20 bottles of wine [5 down, 15 to go]
4 packs Bottles of water
4 packs Soft Drinks
I'll be bringing my large ice chest with ice, as before.

Appetizers:
Anything goes here. Whatcha' got? [3 down]

Side Dishes:
6 green salads needed, each to feed 10 [4 down, 2 to go]

Desserts:
6 desserts, a dozen hand-held desserts each [4 down, 2 to go]

RSVPs:
1. Markos
Editorial Staff:
2. Susan Gardner
3. Meteor Blades
4. Joan McCarter
5. Hunter
Staff:
6. Faith Gardner
7. Will Rockafellow
8. Jen Hayden
Activism Team:
9. Paul Hogarth
10. Chris Bowers
11. Rachel Colyer
12. Michael Langenmayr
SFKossacks:
13. navajo
14. Lusty + dessert
15. side pocket + two 6pks beer + 2 wines + stuffed mushrooms appetizer
16. paradise50
17. smileycreek
18. citisven + beer + beet dip
19. norm + pumpkin bars
20. Lorikeet + big bowl of fruit
21. kimoconnor + appetizer
22. remembrance and TLO? + 1 wine
23. Glen the Plumber + Pasta Mystery Dish
24. madhaus
25. dharmasyd + brownies
26. ceebee7 + green salad
27. lineatus
28. Dave in Northridge + 2 bottles of wine
29. linkage
30. LinSea + bottled water
31. Shockwave
32. Eyesbright
33. catilinus
34. FogCityJohn
35. justiceputnam + grilled balsamic veggies
36. zmom
37. exlrrp +souvenirs ;) !
38. shanikka + salad
39. DAH
40. BroadBlogs
41. jpmassar + dessert

Maybees:
Cedwyn
LaughingPlanet

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Saturday, October 26th

New England Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 10:30 AM
LOCATION: Silly’s
40 Washington Avenue • Portland, ME

ORGANIZER: Send nhox42 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. nhox42
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: C+J Kossack Fall Meetup
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Saturday, November 2nd

SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.


Andrew McGuire is Executive Director of California One Care

RSVPs:
1. Andrew McGuire
2. navajo
3. Shockwave
4. Hunter
5. elfing
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
7. smileycreek
8. paradise50
9. dharmasyd
10. maggiejean
11. norm
12. Lusty
13. dksbook
14. Mr. dksbook
15. kimoconnor
16. jpmassar
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket
19. ceebee7
20. ceebee7's sister
21. leema (will carpool from Marin)
22. Meteor Blades

Maybees:
Glen The Plumber
remembrance
TLO™

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