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It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519 Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.

In Tenochtitlán, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, and commander of the most powerful military in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astounding battles ever waged.

The story of a lost kingdom, a relentless conqueror, and a doomed warrior, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.

©2008 Buddy Levy (P)2008 Tantor

Kritikerstimmen

"Lively account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico." ( Kirkus)
"Drawing heavily on both Spanish and Aztec sources...Levy gives a straightforward telling of the entire story.... Well-written.... Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)

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  • Marco
  • Den Haag, Niederlande
  • 11.06.2013

It judges historical events from the perspective

of a modern man. It doesn't consider the fact that it was a war and a conquest, and they were warriors and not philosophers, no mercy was expected or given by both parties. But the writer takes the simplistic approach of considering the conquistadores just as bloodthirsty thieves, ignoring how they risked their lives (which many lost) into the unknown and always greatly outnumbered and thousand of miles away from any friendly city or post, and how they combined bravery and military and diplomatic events to win the war.

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