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The True History of the Conquest of New Spain

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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108017060

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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 The most complete contemporary chronicle of the Mexican conquest, this important historical document is also a captivating adventure narrative that combines factual accuracy with many dramatic anecdotes. This volume focuses on the complex relationships that developed between the Spaniards and the Aztec emperor Montezuma on the army's arrival in Mexico. It contains chapters 82–136 and a key to the maps that appear at

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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108017060
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 3 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Book V. The March to Mexico:
    82. How we went to the city of Cholula
    83. How, at the orders of Montezume, they had planned to kill us in the city of Cholula
    84. About certain messages and messengers we sent to the Great Montezuma
    85. How the Great Montezuma sent a present of gold
    86. How we began our march to the city of Mexico
    87. How the Great Montezuma again sent other ambassadors to us
    88. About the great and solemn reception which the Great Montezuma gave Cortés
    Book VI. The Stay in Mexico:
    89. How the Great Montezuma came to our quarters
    90. How on the following day our Captain Cortés went to see the Great Montezuma
    91. Of the manner and appearance of the Great Montezuma
    92. How our captain went out to see the city of Mexico and Tlaltelolco
    93. How we made our church and altar
    94. How the Mexican captains fought a battle against Juan de Escalante
    95. Of the seizure of Montezuma
    96. How our Cortés sent a gentleman as his lieutenant to Villa Rica
    97. How when the great Montezuma was a prisoner, Cortés entertained him
    98. How Cortés ordered two sloops to be built
    99. How we launched the two sloops
    100. How the nephews of the great Montezuma went about assembling the other great lords and persuading them to come to Mexico and free the great Montezuma
    101. How the great Montezuma and many Caciques and chieftains gave fealty to His Majesty
    103. How the captains returned whom our Cortés had sent to examine the mines
    104. How Cortés told the great Montezuma to pay tribute
    105. How the gold which we had obtained was divided
    106. How Juan Velásquez de Leon and the Treasurer, Gonzalo Mejía, had words about the gold that was missing
    107. How the Great Montezuma told Cortés that he wished to give him one of his daughters in marriage
    108. How the great Montezume told our captain Cortés to leave Mexico
    Book VII. The Expedition Against Narvaez:
    109. How Diego Velásquez the Governor of Cuba hastened to send his Armada against us
    110. How Pánfilo de Narvaez arrived at the port of San Juan de Ulúa
    111. How Pánfilo de Narvaez sent five persons from his fleet to demand of Gonzalo de Sandoval that he should surrender himself
    112. How Cortés wrote to the Captain and to his other friends
    113. How the Captain Pánfilo de Narvaez had words with the Oidor Lucas Vásquez de Ayllon
    114. How Narvaez went with all his forces to Cempoala
    115. How the great Montezuma asked Cortés why he wished to go against Narvaez
    116. How Cortés agreed with all us soldiers that the Fraile de la Merced should be again sent to the camp of Narvaez
    117. How the Fraile de la Merced went to Cempoala
    118. How in our camp we held a muster of the soldiers
    119. How there came to our camp Andrés de Duero
    120. How Juan Velásquez de Leon and Cortés's orderly named Juan del Rio, arrived at the camp of Narvaez
    121. About the plan and commands that were issued in our camp
    122. How after the defeat of Narvaez there arrived the Indians of Chinantla
    123. How Cortés sent Captain Francisco de Lugo to the port
    Book VIII. The Flight From Mexico:
    124. How they went by forced marches
    125. How they made war on us in Mexico
    126. When Montezume was dead Cortés decided to tell the news to his captains and chieftain
    127. How we determined to flee from Mexico
    128. How we went to the capital and largest town in Tlaxcala
    Book IX. The Halt at Tepeaca:
    129. How we went to the province of Tepeaca
    130. How a ship came from Cuba
    131. How the Indians of Guacachula came to beg help from Cortés
    132. How they arrived at the rock and port which is near Villa Rica, a ship
    133. How Cortés sent Gonzalo de Sandoval to bring to peace the towns of Xalaçinco and Çacatami
    134. How all the men and women slaves were collected to be branded in the name of His Majesty
    135. How the captains and principal persons who had come in the company of Narvaez asked leave to r

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