This easy-to-read biography of Spanish conquistador, Hernando Cortes, introduces young readers to the man who was responsible for the destruction of the Aztec empire and who began the Spanish conquest of what is today known as Mexico. The 10 short chapters trace Cortes' life, from his birth in Spain through his immigration to the New World to his success as a military leader. The straightforward and informative text is well illustrated with colorful drawings, photographs, and maps. Frequent timelines and sidebars found throughout add bits of interesting information, including a recipe for chocolatl, a favorite Aztec drink. From the "In the Footsteps of the Explorers" series, this book would be an excellent resource for students studying the early history of the Americas. At the end of the book, readers will find a brief glossary and an index.