The Conquest Of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del CastilloThe Conquest Of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo

The Conquest Of New Spain

byBernal Diaz del CastilloTranslated byJohn M. CohenIntroduction byJohn M. Cohen

Paperback | August 30, 1963

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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.
Title:The Conquest Of New SpainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.76 × 5.13 × 0.96 inPublished:August 30, 1963Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140441239

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Table of Contents

The Conquest of New Spain - Bernal Diaz Translated with an Introduction by J. M. Cohen

Map of Mexico City and Lake Texcoco
Preliminary Note
The Expedition of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba
The Expedition of Juan de Grijalva
The Expedition of Hernando Cortes: Preparations
The Voyage
Doña Marina's Story
A Pause on the Coast
The Stay at Cempoala
The Foundation of Vera Cruz
The March to Cingapacinga and Return to Cempoala
Events at Vera Cruz: The Destruction of the Ships
The Tlascalan Campaign
Peace with Tlascala: Embassies from Mexico
The March to Mexico
The Entrance into Mexico
The Stay in Mexico
Montezuma's Captivity
Cortes in Difficulties
The Flight from Mexico
Cortes Collects Fresh Strength
Expeditions around the Lake
The Siege and Capture of Mexico
Map of the March from Vera Cruz to the City of Mexico
Map of the Coastline of Mexico

From Our Editors

Montezuma was a great and powerful emperor; his vast empire stretched thousands of miles and his many loyal subjects were prepared to die for him. So how did Hernan Cortes come to defeat Montezuma and the Aztecs with his small band of adventurers? Bernal Diaz’s The Conquest Of New Spain is an account of one of the most remarkable military feats in history. This deconstruction of Cortes’ journey charts the march from the coast, the emperor’s death, the massacre of the Spaniards and the capture of the capital of Mexico. Written in the 16th-century, this is one of the most vivid and powerful military dramas ever recorded.