The True History of the Conquest of New Spain, Volume 4

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 26, 2010 - History - 488 pages
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Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492-1584) was a foot soldier in the army of Mexico's conqueror Hernán Cortés, and participated in the campaigns that led to the fall of the Aztec empire in 1521. This 1928 translation of his journals derives from the 1904 edition by the Mexican historian Genaro García - the first edition based on the original manuscript. Written as a corrective to accounts that overemphasised Cortés' exploits, Díaz's epic includes the experiences of the common soldier: hardship, thirst, long marches and unexpected attacks by rebels. The most complete contemporary chronicle of the Mexican conquest, this important historical document is also a captivating adventure narrative that combines factual accuracy with many dramatic anecdotes. This final volume contains chapters 174-214 and historical appendices by the editor. Díaz describes the aftermath of the Mexican conquest, and outlines how the Spanish established their authority over the land and its inhabitants.
  

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Contents

BOOK
1
CHAPTER CLXXV
8
CHAPTER CLXXVI
17
CHAPTER CLXXVIII
31
CHAPTER CLXXIX
46
CHAPTER CLXXXI
53
How Cortes disembarked at the Port of Trujillo and how
59
CHAPTER CLXXXV
71
CHAPTER CXCIX
176
CHAPTER CCI
188
CHAPTER CCII
201
CHAPTER CCIV
209
CHAPTER CCVI
252
CHAPTER CCVII
260
CHAPTER CCX
271
CHAPTER CCXII
286

CHAPTER CLXXXVI
82
CHAPTER CLXXXIX
92
THE RETURN TO MEXICO
98
CHAPTER CXCII
112
CHAPTER CXCV
139
BOOK XVI
154
CHAPTER CXCVII
167
CHAPTER CCXIII
301
CHAPTER CCXIV
311
Appendix A 333
333
Appendix B
343
Index 449
449
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Díaz del Castillo was a soldier in the army of Hernán Cortés. He is best known for writing a classic memoir of the conquest of Mexico.

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