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The Discovery And Conquest Of Mexico 1517-1521

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306813191
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 1,391,142
  • Product dimensions: 1.15 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Extracts from Editor's Introduction xix
Prefatory Note xxxii
Preface by the Author xxxiii
Book 1 The Discovery
I The Expedition under Cordova 3
II The Expedition under Grijalva 17
Book 2 The Conquest
I The Expedition under Cortes 31
II The March Inland 69
III The War in Tlaxcala 121
IV The March to Mexico 169
V The Stay in Mexico 197
VI The Expedition under Narvaez 255
VII The Flight from Mexico 295
VIII The Halt at Tepeaca 327
IX The Return to the Valley 339
X Preliminary Expeditions 355
XI The Siege and Fall of Mexico 391
Appendix
Commentary by the Translator 457
Note on Spelling 469
Itinerary 470
Index 473
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