Malinche does not fit easily into Mexican, Spanish, or American history. She, like innumerable other Mexican women who came after her, was a translator who made possible the communication between Spaniards and Mexican Amerindians. Few of these women have been as prominent as Malinche, chiefly because she was Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés’s (1485–1547) mouthpiece but also because she was the first of her kind. Also, not unlike Pocahontas, Malinche’s story has been used as myth, though in Malinche’s case her story has devolved into a cautionary tale of the dangers of Euro-American and Native American contact.
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Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection Volume One: Precolonial North America To The Early Republic – Dr. Peg A. Lamphier And Dr. Rosanne Welch, Editors
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