The True History of the Conquest of New Spain Paperback / softback
Edited by Genaro Garcia
Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology series
Paperback / softback
Bernal Diaz del Castillo (1492-1584) was a foot soldier in the army of Mexico's conqueror Hernan Cortes, 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 Garcia - the first edition based on the original manuscript.
Written as a corrective to accounts that overemphasised Cortes' exploits, Diaz's epic focuses on the experiences of the common soldier.
The most complete contemporary chronicle of the Mexican conquest, this important historical document is also a captivating adventure narrative that combines factual accuracy with many dramatic anecdotes.
Volume 1, in which Diaz recounts his first two expeditions to the Yucatan coast and the beginning of his service in Cortes' army, contains chapters 1-81 and includes part of Garcia's 1904 introduction to his edition.
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