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Conquest by Hugh Thomas
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Feb 07, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: old-mexico
Read in December, 2007

Thomas’ book is a blow by blow, day by day account of the fall of the Aztec Empire. The author has thoroughly researched every detail on both the Spanish and Mexican side of the conflict. Apparently it took Hernan Cortes two years and about 2,000 dead Spaniards to defeat the Aztecs. Cortes' complicated era of the 1520's saw the election of Charles V to the Spanish Empire, Martin Luther challenging the Catholic Church at the Cathedral of Worms, and Magellan's expedition had just circumnavigated the world. Thomas' book does justice to the all of the personalities involved in both Mexico and Spain.

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