The Conquest of New Spain

The Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo 1684224721 9781684224722
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2020 Reprint of the 1963 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition and not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Daz took part in the campaigns against the Mexica, later called the Aztec Empire. He was a highly experienced member of Hernn Cortss expedition. During this campaign, Daz spoke frequently with his fellow soldiers about their experiences. These accounts, and especially Dazs own experiences, served as the basis for the recollections that Daz later told with great drama to visitors and, eventually, in a book entitled Conquest of New Spain. Therein Daz describes many of the 119 battles in which he claims to have participated in, culminating in the defeat of the Aztecs in 1521. This work also claims to describe the diverse native peoples living in the territory renamed New Spain by the Spaniards. Bernal Daz also examines the political rivalries of the Spaniards, and gives accounts of the natives human sacrifices, cannibalism and idolatry, which he claims he witnessed first-hand, as well as the artistic, cultural, political and intellectual achievements of the Aztecs, including their palaces, market places and beautifully organized botanical and zoological gardens. His account of the Mexica along with that of Corts are first-person accounts recording important aspects of Mesoamerican culture. His account remains one of the best accounts we have of Mexico at the time of the conquest.

Contents: The expedition of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba -- The expedition of Juan de Grijalva -- The expedition of Hernando Cortez: preparations -- The voyage -- Doa Marinas story -- A pause on the coast -- The stay at Cempoala -- The foundation of Vera Cruz -- The march to Cinggapacinga and return to Cempoala -- Events at Vera Cruz: the destruction of ships -- The Tlascalan campaign -- Peace with Tlascala: embassies from Mexico -- The march to Mexico -- The entrance into Mexico -- The stay in Mexico -- Montezumas captivity -- Cortez in difficulties -- The flight from Mexico -- Cortes collects fresh strength -- Expeditions around the lake -- The siege and capture of Mexico.

Author: Bernal Diaz del Castillo

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 418

Publisher: Martino Fine Books

Publication Date: 2020-06-18


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