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Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España

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Bernal Díaz del Castillo nació en Medina del Campo, en 1495, y murió en Guatemala. Hijo de Francisco Díaz del Castillo, regidor de su ciudad natal, y de María Díez Rejón. Viajó a América acompañado de Pedrarias Dávila y estuvo en las expediciones de Francisco Hernández de Córdoba y Juan de Grijalva. Participó con Hernán Cortés en la conquista de Nueva España, y estuvo en l...more
Paperback, 516 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Linkgua (first published 1632)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
The author started writing this when he was over 70, made his fair copy of it at age 76, and wrote a preliminary note for it at age 84. Five years later, he was dead.

Arguedas's "Deep Rivers" and Galeano's "Genesis (Memory of Fire 1)", which I recently read, both have an unmistakable bias against the Spanish conquistadores of the Americas during the 16th and 17th centuries. Here, for a change, I listen to one of these conquistadores, for the author Bernal Diaz del Castillo was a Spanish soldier w...more
When we saw all those cities and villages built in the water, and other great towns on dry land, and that straight and level causeway leading to Mexico, we were astounded. These great towns and cues and buildings rising from the water all made of stone, seemed like an enchanted vision from the tale of Amadis. Indeed, some of our soldiers asked whether it was not all a dream. It is not surprising therefore that I should write in this vein. It was all so wonderful that I do not know how to describ...more

This is a 2-volume English translation of Castillo’s memoirs centered on his years with Cortes’ expedition-invasion of Mexico and Mexico City in the 1519-21 period. Castillo was one of the 550 original conquistadors w/Cortes. In his later years he was an official in Guatemala. Castillo wrote his memoirs beginning in 1568 and he indicates towards the end of the book that he is one of 5 surviving original conquistadors.

The book approaches 1000 pages. It has 213 chapters. I read it on and off over...more
Whatever you heard about Cortés in grade school is probably true enough, but wow, the details are amazing.

Sure, Cortés might have been a deceitful, gold-hungry, womanizing, slave-taking, blood-soaked psychopath (and alleged poisoner), but that's part of what makes him a great character, because he was also a brilliant and charismatic velvet-glove-over-iron-fist diplomat, an incredibly savvy and calculating strategist, and a fervent Christian (lecturing people constantly on the Trinity and revere...more
The feats included in this book are the substance of legend. Apologists in the contemporary era revel in perpetuating the Black Legend with regard to the Spanish conquistadors — which is largely resultant of centuries of British propaganda in an age of competing empires — but little attention is given to heinous accounts of cannibalism and human sacrifice in pre-conquest Mexico. Granted, this was all going on during the height of the Inquisition, and so many of the writings and traditions of pre...more
Michael Swenty
An early America historical first hand account must-read.
Escrito por Bernal Díaz del Castillo, uno de los soldados que participó en la conquista de México, “Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España” es una excelente fuente histórica de lo que ocurrió entre 1519 y 1521 cuando Hernán Cortés, desobediendo ordenes superiores, decidió comenzar la conquista de la América continental.
El libro no es fácil de leer, es muy extenso, está escrito en español antiguo y en un estilo pobre que tiende a ser repetitivo. Sin embargo es uno de los pocos libr...more
Barclay W. Conrad
Book: "The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico 1517-1521" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Edited from the only exact copy of the original MS Published by Farrar, Straus and Cudahy 1956
Library of Congress No. 56-5758

This book was acquired from my Mother's estate after her death on August 10, 2008.

My interest in it was stimulated by the first-person narration of evidence that supports the origin of the "Book of Mormon", the book which was translated by Joseph Smith and published in...more
Davie Mclean
this is a history lesson that stays with you long after you read it. bernal diaz's first hand account as a conquistador is intense and dramatic suspence filled epic, that will leave you breathless. his vivid description of his expedition with the spanish captain cortez in the settlement and pacification of what is now Mexico is action filled extravaganza which reads like an adventure novel. ancient civilations,undiscoverd world , secret chambers of treasure, villians , heros, heroines,. conquest...more
Wow. This book stands out as one of the most fascinating books that I can think of. The only thing I can fault it for are the doubts about its veracity. It certainly reads like an authentic account, and if it is, what an account. History was never so fascinating. I certainly enjoyed this book far more than A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies and it comes across as far more accurate and nuanced.

The characters really come to life in this account. Cortés is captured as a magnificent,...more
A fascinating memoir by a foot soldier in Cortes' army, Bernal Diaz gives us a firsthand look at Cortes' capture of Montezuma, the conquest of the city of Mexico as well as the Aztec's customs and daily life.

Although apparently highly evolved in that they had a written language and used cloth books the Aztecs practiced ritual sacrifice and cannibalism. Towards the end of the book Diaz admits that when he saw how the Aztecs treated their captives, both native and Spanish, he was terrorized at the...more
Don Robertson
Written in the early 17th Century, and later translated, this story authored by one of Spanish soldiers, Bernal Diaz, who accompanied Hernan Cortes to the New World, this book is a marvelous read, providing a glimpse of western history and human nature unlike very many history books. I stayed up late nights to finish this work. And you will too.

As you read this fabulous tale, be prepared to fathom the rapacious nature of the Spaniards contrasted with the barbaric way of the Mexicans and other tr...more
Rob Bliss
Fascinating historical document. Diaz isn't an historian, but he was there! Fought with Cortes and kissed the hands of Montezuma! Always he says how the Spanish were killing the Aztecs for god, to stop human sacrifice, to have the Aztecs destroy their evil idols, and to stop sodomy! Weird, that last one. But I guess the church really didn't like man-on-man action! How ironic. Weren't sailors known for ... anyway. A little repetitive, lots of battles, Cortes killed so much and didn't let up even...more
An account of the conquest of Mexico by Diaz, a regular soldier in Hernan Cortes' army. As I recall, this was written when the author was in his 70s. Dissatisfied with the flowery and inaccurate accounts then proliferating about the campaign he'd been a part of, Diaz decided to relate his story. The power of this book comes from the matter-of-fact style in which Diaz recounts his incredible experience in an expedition which must rank as one of the most incredible military events in history. Afte...more
Sep 09, 2008 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: boyfriend!
Anthony read this book in college and recommended it to me. I read it during our flights to and from Iceland - and loved it! It gives a first hand account of Cortes and his conquest over the Aztec empire and the defeat of Montezuma. Translated from the diary of Bernal Diaz - a solider who accompanied Cortes - it creates vivid pictures and insight of the trials and successes of the Spanish.
Amazing that a 500yr old book can be so entertaining. Diaz is a great story teller, giving not just a first person narrative of the conquest but of the mind set of the Spaniards as well. This was written as a response to historians who Diaz thought had represented the events rather poorly and as a response to Las Casas so one has to keep in mind the intentions of Diaz. However the brilliance of Cortez from not just a military standpoint but a political one cannot be denied. One of the most inter...more
Raghavendra Karanth
Its getting repetitive towards the end.
Díaz is no journalist and no historian, and he wrote years after the fact apparently to refute the statements of other written accounts, and as a result this tale proceeds beginning to end as an extremely literal and weirdly detailed account, with more weight given to the number of horsemen sent on a particular attack than to his impressions of Aztec culture and the strange land the Spanish find themselves in. It is gracelessly written, with little eye for summation or high-level organization of...more
LonewolfMX Luna
Oct 12, 2008 LonewolfMX Luna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in Mexico's History
Recommended to LonewolfMX by: Professor Abdiel Onate
Read this book in Professor Onate's Mexican History, which was a written account by Bernal Diaz one of the original Conquistadores that helped Hernan Cortes conquer the Aztec Empire. Was written during Diaz's final years before he died.

This book supposedly chronicles the "adventures" the Spaniards had before and during the conquest in which they would deel with the hostility of the other Mexican tribes as well as their Zealous attempts to convert the natives to Christianity and how they portraye...more
After Villa and Zapata, I decided to go back a few hundred years to where a lot of the animosity started (apparently). I was surprised at how advanced Aztec civilization was back in 1520 (they seemed to have indoor plumbing long before Europe). While I had always thought of Cortes as kind of a mass murderer, this somewhat biased first hand account paints a different picture. (He comes off as a two-faced slickster for sure, but a sort of likeable one. Plus, it is significant that Bernal Diaz rema...more
De l'audace, et encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace

First, this makes every high fantasy adventure novel out there seem like rather thin gruel. It is easy to imagine it larded with appropriate conversations and lurid description to make it three or four time the size and then selling a gazillion copies as a story of a group of ruthless fantasy adventurers overthrowing an evil empire.

Second, it is lucky Osama bin Laden (I assume) never read it, since it is practically a textbook example of...more
Tom Meade
It's very difficult to pass comment on much of the contents of this book. On the one hand, Cortes could make few real defences against the claim that he was a scoundrel, thief and chauvinistic proselytiser whose first thought upon discovering one of the richest and most fascinating cultures ever to have existed was that he should take it for himself, and that his men were , though valiant, little more than fortune hunters. On the other hand, the Aztecs were, marvellous cultural achievements asid...more
Bernal Diaz was Cortez's scribe and this tome is the amazing, first hand account of the expedition that found the Conquistadores on a foreign and unknown shore and took them through a continent. This continent was full of dangerous obstacles, not the least of which were treacherous terrian and the fierce, superstitious indigenous tribes. The trail eventually lead to the ultimate showdown with Montezuma himself.

The trail starts with Cortez burning their fleet upon arrival. A clear and prescient...more
I just finished the 376 page abridgment of Bernal Diaz del Castillo's "true" History of the Conquest of New Spain selected, edited and translated by David Carrasco. I stumbled across this book in a reference, an extended quote, from another book I was reading on the history of the feather (Feathers by Thor Hanson). A vivid description of the splendor of the aviaries in Tenochitlan, and their subsequent targeted destruction by burning by Cortés.

Though I didn't find either of the quotes in this se...more
Διόνυσος Ψευδάνωρ
Bernal Díaz del Castillo's Discovery and Conquest of Mexico is the remarkable chronicle of some of the earliest episodes of Europe's domination of the New World, all told by means of the eyewitness account of Castillo himself. It's a vivid portrayal that conveys as much the entirely justified anxieties of the Conquistadors as they enter and begin to gain supremacy over the cities of Mexico, as it conveys the tragedies faced by, and inflicted on, each side. It's an absolutely riveting tale. It's...more
This book is one of my all time favorites. Bernal Diaz Castillo was a Spanish soldier/sailor who was traveling to Venezuela when they were blown of course and landed in Yucatan. They Spanish were entirely unaware there was land to the west of them across the Gulf of Mexico. There they saw the first evidence of civilization in the New World. Violently attacked by the Mayans they were forced to leave. But the news was out that there were new lands to the west. He was recruited by Cortez as a guid...more
This is an abbreviated edition of Bernal Diaz' account of the conquest of Mexico, and perhaps I should be grateful for that, as one of my friends claims that the complete edition is rather boring. I'll write him off as an ignoramus, though - this is a very interesting eye-witness account of a pivotal moment in Western history. Apart from all the historical content, fascinating as it is, two things struck me, namely that the whole conquest seemed to be very much a freelance effort on Cortes' part...more
Translated and with an intro by J.M. Cohen (1568). Diaz was a solder who sailed to Mexico under Hernandez and Grijalva, then fought under Cortez against the Aztecs and took the city of Mexico. Then, fifty years later, he wrote a suspiciously detailed account of the expeditions and battles. This 400-page edition, with a few condensations, ends with the capture of the city.

It’s a fascinating eye-witness account, and seems to be very objective, at least for its time. Cortez is portrayed as constant...more
Bernal Diaz relates his experiences with Hernando Cortes in the early part of the 16th century. A straightforward soldier's account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and environs. First hand accounts are for me every time where available. New Spain seems to encompass Central America (mostly Mexico) and much of the Spanish Caribbean (Cuba etc.). The Spaniards that conquered much of America are given somewhat of a hard press these days, but for their time and even with the superior weaponry, they...more
D.R. Pitcock
Ok movie fans, here it goes; This movie should star Jennifer Lopez as Malinche' and Antonio Banderas as Bernal. This book is one with such vividness and interesting history it should have already been a movie.
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Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492 – ca. 1580) was a conquistador, who wrote an eyewitness account of the conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards under Hernán Cortés, himself serving as a rodelero under Cortés. Born in Medina del Campo (Spain), he came from a family of little wealth and he himself had received only a minimal education. He sailed to Tierra Firme in 1514 to make his fortune, but after two y...more
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