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Conquistadors by Michael Wood
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In this latest work on the Spanish conquistadors, an adaptation from the BBC television series, by Michael Wood, we have a whole new aspect of how the conquistadors behaved with their control over the New World.

It is almost as if Wood had once been a conquistador himself, as he retells of those brave soldiers walking in this alien terrain and fighting for their lives in an effort to civilize (or ethnically cleanse, perhaps?) those savage Indians who don’t know better. While this may come as a shock to some, from a historical and even cultural aspect, the readers gets an entire one-sided view of what the conquistadors thought of the Indians.

This glossy book, full of color photos, drawings and paintings, as well as an in-depth index, represents a useful historical source for anyone’s rich library, especially if they have a viewpoint in any way similar to Woods.

Originally published on November 12th 2001.

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Nikki the readers gets an entire one-sided view of what the conquistadors thought of the Indians.

That assessment is... kind of odd, considering my copy of the book definitely includes Wood pointing out the savagery and excesses of the Spanish, and he admires the explorer Cabeza de Vaca for trying to stop the Spanish exploiting the native peoples.

In fact, Wood actually goes to some pains to point out the order and balance in most of these societies before the Spanish conquistadors got to work.


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