The Conquest of New Spain

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Penguin UK, Jun 26, 2003 - History - 416 pages
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Vivid, powerful and absorbing, this is a first-person account of one of the most startling military episodes in history: the overthrow of Montezuma's doomed Aztec Empire by the ruthless Hernan Cortes and his band of adventurers.

Bernal Díaz del Castillo, himself a soldier under Cortes, presents a fascinatingly detailed description of the Spanish landing in Mexico in 1520 and their amazement at the city, the exploitation of the natives for gold and other treasures, the expulsion and flight of the Spaniards, their regrouping and eventual capture of the Aztec capital.

  

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extraordinary storytelling - Goodreads
Simple, but descriptive, prose - it reads like a novel. - Goodreads
Translated and with an intro by JM Cohen (1568). - Goodreads

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Great first hand account of the Cortes invasion of Mexico by someone who was there. This is a must read for anyone interested in the Spanish conquest of what is now Mexico. Read full review

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EPIC story, truly epic, one of the most unimaginable stories brought to life. Amazing. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Preliminary Note
The Expedition of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba
The Expedition of Juan De Grijalva
Preparation
The Voyage
Doña Marinas Story
A Pause on the Coast
The Tlascalan Campaign
Embassies from Mexico
The March to Mexico
The Entrance into Mexico
The Stay in Mexico
Montezumas Captivity
Cortes in Difficulties
The Flight from Mexico

The Stay at Cempoala
The Foundation of Vera Cruz
The March to Cingapacinga and Return to Cempoala
The Destruction of the Ships
Cortes Collects Fresh Strength
Expeditions around the Lake
The Siege and Capture of Mexico
Copyright

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Spanish historian Bernal Diaz del Castillo (c.1492-1584) was a soldier in the army of the conquistador Cortes in the attack on the Aztecs.

J M Cohen translated widely from French and Spanish, including for Penguin Classics Montaigne's Essays and Cervantes' Don Quixote.

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