In 1519, Hernando Cortés arrived in Mexico to investigate stories of a wealthy empire. What he encountered was beyond his wildest dreams; an advanced civilization with complex artistic, political, and religious systems (involving extensive human sacrifice) and replete with gold. This was the Aztec empire, headed by the aloof emperor, Montezuma.
With just a handful of men, Cortés achieved the impossible, crushing the Aztecs and their allies, and effectively annexing the whole territory for Spain.
One of the most extraordinary stories of conquest in mankind's history, it is told here in the classic account by the American historian W.H. Prescott.
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In his 1843 work History of the Conquest of Mexico, W. H. Prescott crafts a scholarly but absorbing tale of Hernando Cortés' takeover of Mexico.
A Spanish conquistador, Cortés arrived in Mexico in 1519 with only 500 men. Through strategic alliances with native people and savage violence, Cortés began to conquer Mayan territory. His biggest plunders came when he arrived in the city of Tenochtitlan (described by Prescott as the "Venice of the Western World"). Once there, the Aztec ruler Montezuma tried to placate Cortés with gifts to no avail.
Kerry Shale, who has the rich vocal presence of a newscaster but the delivery of a storyteller, offers a riveting performance of Prescott's work.
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