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Conquistador : Hern?n Cort?s, King Montezuma, and the last stand of the Aztecs

Author: Buddy Levy
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1519, Hern?n Cort?s arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. In Tenochtitl?n, the City of Dreams, Cort?s met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of a complex and sophisticated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Named Person: Hern?n Cort?s
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Buddy Levy
ISBN: 9780553805383 055380538X
OCLC Number: 1057005077
Description: x, 429 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 22 cm.
Contents: Setting out for New Spain and the serendipitous gift of language --
The battle with the Tabascans and the acquisition of La Malinche --
Montezuma's message --
The gambler stakes all : "either win the land, or die in the attempt" --
Into the mountains --
The massacre of Cholula --
The city of dreams --
City of sacrifice --
Seizure of empire --
Cort?s and Montezuma --
Spaniard versus Spaniard --
The Festival of Toxcatl --
Montezuma's ironic fate --
La noche triste --
"Fortune favors the bold" --
"The great rash" --
Return to the Valley of Mexico --
The wooden serpent --
Encirclement --
The siege begins --
Clash of empires --
The last stand of the Aztecs.
Responsibility: Buddy Levy.

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In 1519, Hern?n Cort?s arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. In Tenochtitl?n, the City of Dreams, Cort?s met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of a complex and sophisticated civilization with fifteen million people, and commander of the most powerful military machine in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cort?s defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astonishing military campaigns ever waged. Sometimes outnumbered thousands-to-one, Cort?s repeatedly beat seemingly impossible odds. Journalist Levy meticulously researches the mix of cunning, courage, brutality, superstition, and finally disease that enabled Cort?s and his men to survive.--From publisher description.

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