True History of the Conquest of New Spain. Selection

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Illustrated paperback ISBN: 9788490075869
Hardcover ISBN: 9788411265997
Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788498160130

True History of the Conquest of New Spain recounts the American experience of Bernal Díaz del Castillo. In 1514, when Bernal Díaz embarked for the New World, he had not yet turned twenty. Three years later he participated in the expedition led by Hernán Cortés to Mexico, where a few Spaniards, in just under two years, managed to defeat the Aztec Empire.
Forty years later, Bernal Díaz recounts, with a desire for fidelity as tenacious as it is problematic, one of the great expeditions that have most marked the Western imaginary.
This book shows the challenges posed by power, the tactics of Cortés to approach the empire of Montezuma and later, that of Cuauhtemoc. It also bears witness to the clash of beliefs, the exploitation of the natives for gold and other treasures, or the battles that were fought until the fall of Mexico.
The True History of the Conquest of New Spain is, if not a reliable account of what happened, then one of the works of the literature of the Conquest, along with the

  • Diaries of Columbus, the Letters of relationship of Hernán Cortés
  • and Father Bartolomé de las Casas ‘ Very Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies ,

which best testify to the Western mentality of the time.
If, as Todorov pointed out, the conquest of America is

“The most amazing encounter in our history. In the ‘discovery’ of the other continents and of other men there is not really that feeling of radical strangeness” (The Conquest of America: The Problem of the Other),

It is quite possible that this radical strangeness was the only thing shared by the men who participated in that meeting.

This edition is a selection made public by Luis Fernández González. Linkgua editions has also edited the complete text in two volumes.

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