Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

Book - 2008
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Epic in scope, entertaining as it is enlightening, Conquistador is the story of Hernn Corts, his confrontation with King Montezuma, and the last stand of the Aztecs.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780553805383
Branch Call Number: History 972.02 LEV


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Feb 22, 2013

Captivating scenes--Imagine how different Mexico would be today if Tenochtitlan wasn't razed for a few thousand pounds of metal. Maybe the ancient gilded city and the lakeside gardens that sustained it would still exist in some form and inspire like the quaint little medieval towns of Italy still exist today. Instead we have ruins and a brackish, polluted pond. Gripping narratives--A few heavily armed desperate thugs with a keen leader take down an empire in an epic siege. Insightful comments--The Aztecs may not have been bloodthirsty enough. Warfare for them was about taking prisoners, not killing the enemy on the battlefield. Their tactics may have given the Spanish a crucial advantage.


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