The Conquest of New Spain

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Penguin UK, Jun 26, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 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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A little repetitive to start but then the enormity of the events described benefits from the dry way in which Diaz describes them; a stunning first person narrative on epochal events. Read full review

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One of the most popular and comprehensive primary sources on the Conquest, the work offers a first hand account of the Conquistador's campaign through Mexico and defeat of the Aztecs. There has been ... Read full review


Preliminary Note
The Expedition of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba
The Expedition of Juan De Grijalva
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

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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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