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Letters from Mexico

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Letters from Mexico Written over a seven-year period to Charles V of Spain, Hernan Cortes's letters provide a narrative account of the conquest of Mexico from the founding of the coastal town of Veracruz until Cortes's journey to Honduras in 1525. The two introductions set the letters in context. Full description
Paperback, 640 pages
Published August 11th 2001 by Yale University Press (first published 1555)
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I could as easily give this one star. Cortez's account of his conquest of the Aztec empire is on the one hand utterly horrifying--it's as if the influenza virus were writing its life story. On the other hand, it's a riveting, nail-biting work of what amounts to science fiction, in the old Edgar Rice Burroughs vein. A small band of voyagers lands on an alien planet and takes over. Unique, anyway.
Una verdadera aventura épica...
Hernan Cortes est le conquistador qui a assujetti le Mexique à la couronne d'Espagne. Arrivé avec une poignée d'homme sur le continent, forcé d'aller toujours plus avant, pressé par les inimitiés de certains compatriotes restés à Cuba, il parvient à bousculer l'empire Aztèque, appuyé par leurs anciens vassaux lesquels étaient lassés de porter le joug d'une théocratie cruelle. Le comportement velléitaire de Moctezuma, les prophéties annonçant le retour des dieux, l'avance technologique, tout cons...more
Es una contradicción para mí, por una parte me aburrió y por otra me pareció fascinante leerlo.
Finalmente fue una tarea en la universidad, pero no me arrepiento de haberlo leído.
May 12, 2008 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all travel writers
Shelves: journals, mexico
What a PR master Hernan Cortes was. So much contemporary travel writing simply reenacts the conquest and the reactions of the conquistadors. If you're going to do that, might as well go back to the source. This is an excellent translation, with good explanatory notes and bibliography.
a highly entertaining, disturbing read. for some reason i regard this to be perhaps the most accurate record of the voyages into hispania, particularly because cortes is so proud of his crimes...
Sep 15, 2007 Brad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
What an eye-opener! This is a fantastic history written by Cortes himself! Long but worth it.
Read it as an undergrad for class. Interesting enough, but I wouldn't pick it up again.
Aug 07, 2011 Sharon marked it as to-read
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My interest in this book comes from reading Barbara Kingsolver's book - The Lacuna.
This is one of the best source documents I have ever read.
I read the second "Carta de Relacion", not all of them.
Genocide. Best day of my life.
May 30, 2013 Ned rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: current
the notes here are fantastic
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O Fim de Montezuma Kirjeitä kuninkaalle The Dispatches of Hernan Cortes the Conqueror of Mexico, Addressed to the Emperor Charles V. Written During the Conquest, and Containing a Narrative of Events. Crónicas de Indias Lettres de Fernand Cortes a Charles-Quint Sur La Decouverte Et La Conquete Du Mexique (Ed.1896)

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