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Five Letters of Cortés to the Emperor (1519-1526)

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These five letters by the Spanish Conqueror Hernando Cortes were written to the Emperor Charles V of Spain between the years 1519 and 1526. They describe the earliest discoveries of the mainland, the perilous trek into hostile country, the capture of the Aztec capital, the extension of Cortes power throughout Mexico, the expedition to Honduras, and the organization and ord ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1555)
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Marlen Leiva
May 13, 2017 Marlen Leiva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Este libro entrega una visión panorámica de lo que fue la conquista de México por Hernán Cortés, un hombre renacentista ambicioso y estratega, que busca el afán de gloria y fama, además de las riquezas que se puedan encontrar en tierras lejanas de Technochtitlan.
Relata el período de la conquista, la visión. del hombre indígena, su estructura social y económica.
Dec 29, 2008 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 30, 2013 Ned rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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the notes here are fantastic
Nov 17, 2013 Maximiliano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una verdadera aventura épica...
Si esto hubiera sido ficción, lo habría "disfrutado" algo. Pero como no es así, mi odio se acrecentaba con cada palabra. Eso sí, hay que admitir que este hombre fue un gran estratega. Pero aun así, sigo odiando leer cómo se destruyó una cultura tan rica.
I knew that Cortes landed on the shores of Mexico, stomped through the jungle to the heart of the Aztec empire, and then overthrew it, but I didn't know any details about it. For the most part, I assumed a lot of it was related to the technological advantages of the Spanish. Not the case. Not the case, at all.

Cortes had a whole hell of a lot of things going for him that lead to his success in Central America. He was a brilliant tactician, both militarily and politically, was clearly quite charm
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
Rick Perez
Oct 19, 2009 Rick Perez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended to Rick by: found on a bookshelf in a used bookstore
This was a fascinating read, filled with tales of travel, politics, and war. Cortez talks not only of the difficulty in getting to America, but also of the Aztec people, and beauty of the capital, as well as his bloody struggle to gain control of the native empire. These five letters demonstrate, albeit through a filtered and highly manipulated lens, the beginnings of Colonial Latin America, and the creation of Mestizaje.
For anyone interested in the history of Mexico, Latin America, or the colon
Dec 13, 2010 Kafkasfriend rated it it was amazing
Whatever you read elsewhere the words of a participant who admits to destroying towns and entire populations 'until our arms ached' is a horrifying read. The lack of details adds to the callousness of the beginning of the European destruction of the Americas.One 3 books out of a library of at least tens of thousands survived. The Europeans even banned weaving because it could be used to convey messages and histories.
Oct 12, 2007 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all travel writers
Shelves: mexico, journals
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.
Marlen Bodden
Feb 05, 2013 Marlen Bodden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! This is Cortes' account of the conquest of Mexico.
May 16, 2014 Dani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mateo R.
* Lugares:
-Ayotzingo, México.
-Cempoala, Veracruz, México.
-Quiahuiztlan, Veracruz, México.
-Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz, Veracruz, México.
-Iztapallapan, México.
-Ciudad de México, México (México-Tenochtitlan).
-Oaxaca, México.
-Tlaxcala, México.
-Tollan, Chollolan, Puebla, México.
-California, Estados Unidos.
-Península de Yucatán.
* Personajes históricos: Moctezuma Xocoyotzin.
* Eventos: Conquista de México (1519-21).
* Figuras recurrentes: Indio/a azteca/mexica/nahua.
Christopher Earl
Absolutely brilliant from Cortes hand
Jun 17, 2007 Madelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rdand12th
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...
Aug 07, 2011 Sharon marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
My interest in this book comes from reading Barbara Kingsolver's book - The Lacuna.
Sep 15, 2007 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
What an eye-opener! This is a fantastic history written by Cortes himself! Long but worth it.
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