The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byMatthew Restall, Felipe Fernandez-armesto

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With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed the course of history, but the myth theyestablished was even stranger than their real achievements. This Very Short Introduction deploys the latest scholarship to shatter and replace the traditional narrative. Chapters explore New World civilizations prior to the invasions, the genesis of conquistador culture on both sides of theAtlantic, the roles black Africans and Native Americans played and the consequences of the invasions. The book reveals who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.

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With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed the course of history, but the myth theyestablished was even stranger than their real a...

Matthew Restall is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Latin American History and Director of Latin American Studies, Pennsylvania State University. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is William P. Reynolds Professor of History, University of Notre Dame.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. A Great Many Hardships2. Many Victories, Great Conquests3. To Give Account of Whom I Am4. By a Miracle of God5. A Shortcut to the GraveFurther Reading