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The Spanish Invasion of Mexico 1519-1521

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The Spanish conquest of Mexico was the most remarkable military expedition in history, and in achieving it, Hernan Cortes proved himself as one of the greatest generals of all time. This book explains the background of the Aztec Empire and of the Spanish presence in Mexico. It describes the lives of the Aztecs in their glittering capital and of the Europeans who learned to adapt and survive in an alien and often dangerous world. The invasion was a war between civilizations, pitting the fatalism and obsessive ...

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Overview

The Spanish conquest of Mexico was the most remarkable military expedition in history, and in achieving it, Hernan Cortes proved himself as one of the greatest generals of all time. This book explains the background of the Aztec Empire and of the Spanish presence in Mexico. It describes the lives of the Aztecs in their glittering capital and of the Europeans who learned to adapt and survive in an alien and often dangerous world. The invasion was a war between civilizations, pitting the fatalism and obsessive ritual of the Aztecs against soldiers fighting for riches, their lives, and eventually their souls.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841765631
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles M Robinson III, a native of Texas, is a history instructor at South Texas Community College and the author of twelve books, primarily on the American West. His most recent book, ‘General Crook and the American Frontier’, was released by the University of Oklahoma Press in October 2002. His book, ‘Bad Hand: A Biography of General Ranald S Mackenzie’, won the Texas State Historical Commission's prestigious T. R. Fehrenback Award, and was honored by a resolution from the Texas House of Representatives.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chronology 8
Background to war: Spain and Mexico in the 16th century 10
Warring sides: A war between gods 20
Outbreak: Divide and conquer 30
The fighting: Disaster, then triumph 45
Portrait of a soldier: Bernal Diaz del Castillo, chronicler of the Conquest 62
The world around war: Habsburg and Valois rivalry 65
Portrait of a civilian: Dona Marina 71
How the war ended: Rebuilding and rebellion 74
Conclusion and consequences: New Spain and new legacies 78
Glossary of native personalities 91
Further reading 92
Index 94
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