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The True History of the Conquest of New Spain

Volume 4

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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108017084

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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 includes the experiences of the common soldier: hardship, thirst, long marches and unexpected attacks by rebels. The most complete contemporary chronicle of the Mexican conquest, this important historical document is also a captivating adventure narrative that combines factual accuracy with many dramatic anecdotes.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, containing chapters 137–173, describes the fall of Mexico. An appendix prepared by the editor provides a timeline of the 1521 siege based on both Díaz's and Cortés' accounts of the event.

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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108017084
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
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    Book X. The Return to the Valley:
    137. How we marched with all our army on the way to the city of Texcoco
    138. How we went to Iztapalapa with Cortés
    139. How three pueblo in the neighbourhood of Texcoco sent to ask for peace and pardon
    140. How Gonzalo de Sandoval went to Tlaxcala to fetch the timber for the launches
    Book XI. Preliminary Expeditions:
    141. How our captain Cortés went on an expedition to the peublo of Saltocan
    142. How Captain Gonzalo de Sandoval went to Chalco and Tlamanalco with the whole of his army
    143. How the slaves were branded in Texcoco
    144. How our Captain Cortés went on an expedition
    145. About the great thirst that we endured on the march
    146. How when we arrived at Texcoco it had been settled among certain of those persons who came with Narvaez to kill Cortés
    Book XII. The Siege and Fall of Mexico:
    147. How Cortés ordered all the pueblos which were friendly to us in the neighbourhood of Texcoco to make a store of arrows
    148. How a review was held in the city of Texcoco
    149. How Cortés sought the rowers who were needed to row the launches
    150. How Cortés ordered three divisions to go and invest the great city of Mexico
    151. How Cortés ordered the twelve launches to be stationed
    152. About the battles and encounters that we went through
    153. About the way in which we fought, and the many attacks that the Mexicans made on us
    154. How Cortés sent three Mexican chieftains to beg Guatemoc to make peace
    155. How Guatemoc had arranged with the provinces of Matalzingo and Tulapa and Malinalco and other pueblos to come to his assistance
    156. How Gonzalo de Sandoval with twelve launches entered into the part of the city where Guatemoc was and took him provinces
    157. What Cortés ordered to be done
    Book XIII. The Settlement:
    158. How letters reached Cortés that a certain Cristobál de Tápia had arrived at the Port of Vera Cruz
    159. How Cortés and the King's officers decided to send to His Majesty all the gold that had accrued
    160. How Gonzalo de Sandoval arrived with his army at a pueblo called Tuxtepec
    161. How Pedro de Alvarado went to Tututepec to found a town
    162. How Francisco de Garay came from Jamaica
    163. How the Licentiate Alonzo de Zuazo came in a caravel to New Spain
    164. How Cortés sent Pedro de Alvarado to the province of Guatemala
    165. How Cortés sent a fleet to pacify and conquer the provinces of Higueras and Honduras
    166. How those of us who had settled at Coatzacoalcos were constantly going about pacifying the provinces which revolted against us
    167. How our proctors who were in Spain challenged the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Burgos
    168. How Pánfilo de Narvaez and Cristobál de Tápia and a pilot named Gonzalo de Umbria, and another soldier named Cárdenas appeared before His Majesty
    169. What Cortés was engaged upon after he was invested with the government of New Spain
    170. How Captain Hernando Cortés sent to Castile to His Majesty eighty thousand pesos in gold and silver
    171. How there came to the Port of Vera Cruz twelve Franciscan Friars
    172. How Cortés wrote to His Majesty and sent him thirty thousand pesos de oro
    173. How when Cortés learnt that Cristobál de Olid had rebelled he sent against him a captain named Francisco de Las Casas
    Appendix
    Index.

  • Author

    Bernal Díaz del Castillo

    Editor

    Genaro García

    Translator

    Alfred Percival Maudslay

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