The True History of the Conquest of New Spain


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Bernal Diaz del Castillo (1496-1584) wrote an important firsthand account of his experiences supporting several expeditions into Central America, including that of Hernan Cortes in the conquest of Mexico in 1521. It’s the straightforward account of a soldier, not the dainty and carefully balanced prose of an academic or diplomat. It is thus devoid of “political correctness.” This volume allows Diaz to tell his story as he would have it, and, besides his observations of the Aztec people and their temples, he describes their massive ritual sacrifices—the details of which are many times excised from modern history books.

Softcover, 402 pages, illustrated, #938, $25.