The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico

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Da Capo Press, 2003 - History - 478 pages
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Bernal Díaz del Castillo (14951584) served under Cortés through the entire Mexican campaign, and his narrative is both an invaluable document and a spectacular epic. Del Castillo saw Cortés sink his own ships (to prevent desertion) as soon as they landed on Mexican soil, and watched Montezuma become a prisoner in his own palace. The immediacy of his voice as translated by renowned scholar A.P. Maudslay reaches across the centuries to invite readers to witness for themselves the horrors and wonders of the initial, apocalyptic clash between two great civilizations.
  

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User Review  - Miro - LibraryThing

Sometimes extraordinary events are fortuitously recorded by a well placed participant. In this case, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, describes the 16th century Spanish discovery and defeat of the Mexican ... Read full review

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Intriguing novel (although it shouldn't be considered fiction), by one of Hernan Cortés' soldiers who tells the tale of the conquest of New-Spain (read: Mexico). If gives an image of the lifes of ... Read full review

Contents

The Expedition under Grijalva
17
1 BOOK
31
The March Inland
69
The War in Tlaxcala
121
The Expedition under Narvaez
255
The Flight from Mexico
295
The Halt at Tepeaca
327
The Return to the Valley
339
The Siege and F all of Mexico
391
1 APPENDIX
457
Note an Spelling
469
Copyright

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Bernal Diaz del Castillo fought in over one hundred battles against Mexico. His account of the conquest is one of only four firsthand accounts.

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