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One of the most intriguing conquests in the New World, this first-person account affords us an absorbing view of the Spanish overthrow of Montezuma's Aztec Empire. A soldier participating in the overthrow, Bernal Diaz del Castillo wrote of their amazement at the city, the exploitation of the indigenous peoples there, and the eventual capture of Tenochtitlan with detailed observation and exceptional clarity. Maps included. 413 pages, softcover.
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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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.