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History of the conquest of Mexico

Author: William Hickling Prescott
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1998.
Series: Modern Library giants.; Modern library of the world's best books.
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Overview: Mexico's rich culture has long fascinated scholars, with stories of ancient civilizations and great conquerors. History of the Conquest of Mexico (1843) expounds upon the virtues of Mexico while seeking to explain the tragedy of the country's defeat in terms of its neighboring civilizations. The arrival of the Spaniards forever altered and in many ways curtailed indigenous cultural development in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Hernán Cortés; Hernán Cortés
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Hickling Prescott
ISBN: 0679602992 9780679602996
OCLC Number: 38311516
Notes: Series statements from jacket.
Originally published: 1843.
Includes index.
Description: xxvi, 1005 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Book 1: Introduction: View Of The Aztec Civilization: --
Chapter 1: Ancient Mexico --
Climate and products --
Primitive races --
Aztec empire --
Chapter 2: Succession to the crown --
Aztec nobility --
Judicial system --
Laws and revenues --
Military institutions --
Chapter 3: Mexican mythology --
Sacerdotal order --
Temples --
Human sacrifices --
Chapter 4: Mexican hieroglyphics --
Manuscripts --
Arithmetic --
Chronology --
Astronomy --
Chapter 5: Aztec agriculture --
Mechanical arts --
Merchants --
Domestic manners --
Chapter 6: Tezcucans --
Their golden age --
Accomplished princes --
Decline of their monarchy --
Book 2: Discovery Of Mexico: --
Chapter 1: Spain under Charles V --
Progress of discovery --
Colonial policy --
Conquest of Cuba --
Expeditions to Yucatan --
Chapter 2: Hernando Cortes --
His early life --
Visits the new world --
His residence in Cuba --
Difficulties with Velasquez --
Armada intrusted to Cortes --
Chapter 3: Jealousy of Velasquez --
Cortes embarks --
Equipment of his fleet --
His person and character --
Rendezvous at Havana --
Strength of his armament --
Chapter 4: Voyage to Cozumel --
Conversion of the natives --Jeronimo De Aguilar --
Army arrives at Tabasco --
Great battle with the Indians --
Christianity introduced --
Chapter 5: Voyage along the coast --
Dona Marina --
Spaniards land in Mexico --
Interview with the Aztecs --
Chapter 6: Account of Montezuma --
State of his empire --
Strange prognostics --
Embassy and presents --
Spanish encampment --
Chapter 7: Troubles in the camp --
Plan of a colony --
Management of Cortes --
March to Cempoalla --
Proceedings with the natives --
Foundation of Vera Cruz --
Chapter 8: Another Aztec embassy --
Destruction of the idols --
Despatches sent to Spain --
Conspiracy in the camp --
Fleet sunk --
Book 3: March To Mexico: --
Chapter 1: Proceedings at Cempoalla --
Spaniards climb the table-land --
Picturesque scenery --
Transactions with the natives --
Embassy to Tlascala --
Chapter 2: Republic of Tlascala --
Its institutions --
Early history --
Discussions in the senate --
Desperate battles --
Chapter 3: Decisive victory --
Indian council --
Night attack --
Negotiations with the enemy --
Tlascalan hero --
Chapter 4: Discontents in the army --
Tlascalan spies --
Peace with the republic --
Embassy from Montezuma --
Chapter 5: Spaniards enter Tlascala --
Description of the capital --
Attempted conversion --
Aztec embassy --
Invited to Cholula --
Chapter 6: City of Cholula --
Great temple --
March to Cholula --
Reception of the Spaniards --
Conspiracy detected --
Chapter 7: Terrible massacre --
Tranquility restored --
Reflections on the massacre --
Further proceedings --
Envoys from Montezuma --
Chapter 8: March resumed --
Ascent of the great volcano --
Valley of Mexico --
Impression on the Spaniards --
Conduct of Montezuma --
They descend into the valley --
Chapter 9: Environs of Mexico --
Interview with Montezuma --
Entrance into the capital --
Hospitable reception --
Visit to the emperor. Book 4: Residence In Mexico: --
Chapter 1: Tezcucan Lake --
Description of the capital --
Palaces and museums --
Royal household --
Montezuma's way of life --
Chapter 2: Market of Mexico --
Great temple --
Interior sanctuaries --
Spanish quarters --
Chapter 3: Anxiety of Cortes --
Seizure of Montezuma --
His treatment by the Spaniards --
Execution of his officers --
Montezuma in irons --
Reflections --
Chapter 4: Montezuma's deportment --
His life in the Spanish quarters --
Meditated insurrection --
Lord of Tezcuco seized --
Further measures of Cortes --
Chapter 5: Montezuma swears allegiance to Spain --
Royal treasures --
Their division --
Christian worship in the Teocalli --
Discontents of the Aztecs --
Chapter 6: Fate of Cortes emissaries --
Proceedings in the Castilian court --
Preparations of Velasquez --
Narvaez lands in Mexico --
Politic conduct of Cortes --
He leaves the capital --
Chapter 7: Cortes descends from the table-land --
Negotiates with Narvaez --
Prepares to assault him --
Quarters of Narvaez --
Attack by night --
Narvaez defeated --
Chapter 8: Discontent of the troops --
Insurrection in the capital --
Return of Cortes --
General signs of hostility --
Massacre by Alvarado --
Rising of the Aztecs --
Book 5: Expulsion From Mexico: --
Chapter 1: Desperate assault on the quarters --
Fury of the Mexicans --
Sally of the Spaniards --
Montezuma addresses the people --
Dangerously wounded --
Chapter 2: Storming of the great temple --
Spirit of the Aztecs --
Distresses of the Garrison --
Sharp combats in the city --
Death of Montezuma --
Chapter 3: Council of war --
Spaniards evacuate the city --
Noche Triste, or the melancholy night --
Terrible slaughter --
Halt for the night --
Amount of losses --
Chapter 4: Retreat of the Spaniards --
Distresses of the army --Pyramids of Teotihuacan --
Great battle of Otumba --
Chapter 5: Arrival in Tlascala --
Friendly reception --
Discontents of the army --
Jealousy of the Tlascalans --
Embassy from Mexico --
Chapter 6: War with the surrounding tribes --
Successes of the Spaniards --
Death of Maxixca --
Arrival of reinforcements --
Return in triumph to Tlascala --
Chapter 7: Guatemozin, emperor of the Aztecs --
Preparations for the march --
Military code --
Spaniards cross the Sierra --
Enter Tezcuco --
Prince Ixtlilxochitl --
Book 6: Siege And Surrender Of Mexico: --
Chapter 1: Arrangements at Tezcuco --
Sack of Iztapalapan --
Advantages of the Spaniards --
Wise policy of Cortes --
Transportation of the Brigantines --
Chapter 2: Cortes reconnoitres the capital --
Occupies Tacuba --
Skirmishes with the enemy --
Expedition of Sandoval --
Arrival of reinforcements --
Chapter 3: Second reconnoitring expedition --
Engagements on the Sierra --
Capture of Cuernavaca --
Battle at Xochimilco --
Narrow escape of Cortes --
He enters Tacuba --
Chapter 4: Conspiracy in the army --
Brigantines launched --
Muster of forces --
Execution of Xicotencatl --
March of the army --
Beginning of the siege --
Chapter 5: Indian flotilla defeated --
Occupation of the causeways --
Desperate assaults --
Firing of the palaces --
Spirit of the besieged --
Barracks for the troops --
Chapter 6: General assault on the city --
Defeat of the Spaniards --
Their disastrous condition --
Sacrifice of the captives --
Defection of the allies --
Constancy of the troops --
Chapter 7: Successes of the Spaniards --
Fruitless offers to Guatemozin --
Buildings razed to the ground --
Terrible famine --
Troops gain the market-place --
Battering engine --
Chapter 8: Dreadful sufferings of the besieged --
Spirit of Guatemozin --
Murderous assaults --
Capture of Guatemozin --
Evacuation of the city --
Termination of the siege --
Reflections --
Book 7: Conclusion: Subsequent career of Cortes: --
Chapter 1: Torture of Guatemozin --
Submission of the country --
Rebuilding of the capital --
Mission to Castile --
Complaints against Cortes --
He is confirmed in his authority --
Chapter 2: Modern Mexico --
Settlement of the country --
Condition of the natives --
Christian missionaries --
Cultivation of the soil --
Voyages and expeditions --
Chapter 3: Defection of Olid --
Dreadful march to Honduras --
Execution of Guatemozin --
Dona Marina --
Arrival at Honduras --
Chapter 4: Disturbances in Mexico --
Return of Cortes --
Distrust of the court --
Cortes returns to Spain --
Death of Sandoval --
Brilliant reception of Cortes --
Honors conferred on him --
Chapter 5: Cortes revisits Mexico --
Retires to his estates --
His voyages of discovery --
Final return to Castile --
Cold reception --
Death of Cortes --
His character --
Appendix, Part 1: Origin of the Mexican civilization --
Analogies with the old world --
Preliminary notice --
Appendix, Part 2: Original documents: Aztec mother's advice to her daughter --
Translations of Nezahualcoyotl's poem --
Punishment of the guilty Tezcucan queen --
Index.
Series Title: Modern Library giants.; Modern library of the world's best books.
Responsibility: William H. Prescott.

Abstract:

Overview: Mexico's rich culture has long fascinated scholars, with stories of ancient civilizations and great conquerors. History of the Conquest of Mexico (1843) expounds upon the virtues of Mexico while seeking to explain the tragedy of the country's defeat in terms of its neighboring civilizations. The arrival of the Spaniards forever altered and in many ways curtailed indigenous cultural development in Mesoamerica; but, so too, began the history and culture, forever enriched by its dual heritage, of modern Mexico as we know it today.

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