Synopses & Reviews
The Spanish conquest of Mexico was a remarkable military expedition that had a huge impact on the history of the world. Hernán Cortés led the expedition, the aim of which was the addition of Mexico to the Spanish Empire, and the extraction of Aztec riches. Following the appearance of portents, the Aztecs were expecting a catastrophe in 1519, and the Spanish invasion fulfilled this expectation. Although they fought fiercely to the end, the Aztec civilisation was doomed, and the face of Mexico would be changed for ever. This book examines the campaign, but also the lives, training and experience of the men on both sides: the Spanish conquerors and their opponents, the exotic Aztecs, who were fighting for their lives and their civilisation. Contains material peviously published in Essential Histories 60, Warrior 32 and Warrior 40.
About the Author
John Pohl is the Peter J Sharp Curator and Lecturer for the Ancient Art of the Americas at the Princeton University Art Museum. He is an eminent authority on American Indian civilizations and has directed numerous archeological excavations in Mexico, Central America, Canada, and the United States. He has published extensively on subjects ranging from human origins to the rise of the Aztec empire and specializes in the decipherment of ancient pictographic writing systems. Charles M Robinson III is a history instructor at South Texas Community College and the author of twelve books, primarily on the American West. His book, ‘Bad Hand: A Biography of General Ranald S Mackenzie, won the Texas State Historical Commission's prestigious T. R. Fehrenback Award. He is a member of the Texas State Historical Association, the Western History Association, and the Western Writers of America.