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Fifty years after the startling defeat of the Aztecs by Hernán Cortés and his small band of adventurers, Díaz writes a magnificent account on his experience as a soldier in CortésÆs army.
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 Diaz 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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Fifty years after the event Bernal Diaz (1498-1580), who served under Cortes, wrote this account of the march from the coast, Montezuma's death, the massacre of the Spaniards and the eventual capture of the capital of Mexico.
Table of Contents
Translated with an Introduction by J. M. Cohen
Map of Mexico City and Lake Texcoco
The Expedition of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba
The Expedition of Juan de Grijalva
The Expedition of Hernando Cortes: Preparations
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
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