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The True History of the Conquest of New Spain

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Señor Don Genaro García
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  • Date Published: August 2010
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108017053

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  • Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492–1584) was a foot soldier in the army of Mexico's conqueror Hernán Cortés, and participated in the campaigns that led to the fall of the Aztec empire in 1521. This 1928 translation of his journals derives from the 1904 edition by the Mexican historian Genaro García - the first edition based on the original manuscript. Written as a corrective to accounts that overemphasised Cortés' exploits, Díaz's epic focuses on the experiences of the common soldier. The most complete contemporary chronicle of the Mexican conquest, this important historical document is also a captivating adventure narrative that combines factual accuracy with many dramatic anecdotes. Volume 1, in which Díaz recounts his first two expeditions to the Yucatán coast and the beginning of his service in Cortés' army, contains chapters 1–81 and includes part of García's 1904 introduction to his edition.

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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108017053
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Extracts from Introduction Señor Don Genaro García
    Bernal Díaz del Castillo - his life
    Introduction by the translator
    Note on spelling, etc.
    Preface by the author
    Book I. The Discovery:
    1. The beginning of the story
    2. How we discovered the province of Yutacan
    3. How we coasted along towards the west
    4. Concerning the attack made on us
    5. How we agreed to return to the Island of Cuba
    6. How twenty of us soldiers went ashore in the Bay of Florida
    7. About the hardships which I endured on the way to a town called Trinidad
    8. How Diego Velásquez, Governor of the Island of Cuba, ordered another fleet
    9. How we followed the same course
    10. How we went on our way and entered a large and broad river
    11. How we arrived at the Rio de Tabasco
    12. How we followed along the coast
    13. How we arrived at the Rio de Banderas
    14. How we arrived at the Island now called San Juan de Ulúa
    15. How Diego Velásquez, the Governor of Cuba, sent a ship in search of us
    16. How we went on exploring the coast
    Book II. The Expedition under Hernando Cortés. The Voyage:
    17. How Diego Velásquez sent to Spain
    18. Concerning some errors and other things written by the historians Gomara and Yllescas
    19. How we came again with another fleet
    20. How Cortés prepared and continued the arrangements necessary
    21. What Cortés did when he arrived at the town of Trinidad
    22. How the Governor Diego Velásquez sent two of his servants post haste to the Town of Trinidad
    23. How the Captain Hernando Cortés with all the sailors sailed along the south coast to the Port of Havana
    24. How Diego Velásquez sent a servant with orders that Cortés should be arrested
    25. How Cortés set sail for the Island of Cuba
    26. How Cortés reviewed all his army
    27. How Cortés came to know that the Indians of Cape Catoche held two Spaniards in captivity
    28. How Cortés allotted the ships and appointed captains
    29. How the Spaniard named Jerónimo de Aguilar, heard that we had returned to Cozumel
    30. How we again embarked and made sail for the Rio de Grijalva
    31. How we arrived at the Rio de Grijalva
    32. How Cortés ordered two of his captains to examine the country further inland
    33. How Cortés told us all to get ready by the next day to go in search of the Indian host
    34. How all the Caciques of Tabasco and its dependencies attacked us
    35. How Cortés sent to summon all the Caciques of those Provinces
    36. How all the Caciques and Calchonis from the Rio de Grijalva came and brought a present
    37. Showing that Doña Marina was a Cacica
    Book III. The March Inland:
    38. How we arrived with all the ships at San Juan de Ulúa
    39. How Tendile went to report to his Prince Montezuma
    40. How Cortés sent to look for another harbour and site
    41. What was done about the bartering for gold
    42. How we raised Hernando Cortés to the post of Captain General and Chief Justice
    43. How the party of Diego Velásquez tried to upset the powers we had given to Cortés
    44. How it was arranged to send Pedro de Alvarado inland to look for maize
    45. How we entered Cempoala
    46. How we entered Quiahuitztlan
    47. How Cortés ordered the five tax gatherers of Montezuma to be taken prisoners
    48. How we determined to found “La Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz”
    49. How the fat cacique and other chieftains came to complain to Cortés
    50. How certain soldiers wished to return to the Island of Cuba
    51. What happened to us at Cingapacinga
    52. How Cortés had an altar made and eight Indian damsels were baptized
    53. How we returned to Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz
    54. The narrative and letter which we sent to His Majesty by our proctors
    55. How Diego Velásquez learned that we were sending proctors with an embassy and presents to our King
    56. How our proctors passed through the Bahama Channel
    57. What was done in camp and the judgment which Cortés delivered
    58. How we settled go go

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