Setting out for New Spain and the serendipitous gift of language — The battle with the Tabascans and the acquisition of La Malinche — Montezuma’s message — The gambler stakes all: It’s all gone now. To say Hernan Cortes was merely a marauder with no spiritual impact is to say you haven’t traveled Latin America much. He pulled off an incredibly-ballsy, nearly-impossible feat, regardless of how we view it ethically. And, what I know now is somewhat disturbing but supported by this book with a fidelity that will forever classify Cortez in my own mind as a brute and an at-any-costs conqueror, not much different than many of the other explorers of that era but someone I don’t plan to congratulate in any future encounters. Account Options Sign in. Looking for More Great Reads?
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Hearing about the Aztec empire was sickening. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
I’ve This herann was, perhaps, not so much amazing because of how well it was written though it was, indeed, a well written and compelling work, especially for a history bookor how much research was done though there are quite extensive footnotes and end notes, a Nahuatl pronunciation guide, maps, and fairly extensive bibliographybut more so because the story of Cortes’ relentless and brutal conquest of the Aztec empire was something about which I knew nothing, yet relished learning about.
When I was in grade school we studied about Hernan Cortes and the mighty Aztecs, but kjng I could remember was that Hernan Cortes defeated Montezuma and that small pox decimated the Conquistaador. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
He managed this through a combination of clever administratorship, brilliant captaincy, and a ruthless greed that fuelled his military campaign.
Aztecs — First contact with Europeans. And as the Aztecs learned in the final yhe of Tenochtitlan, their canoes hardly matched the fighting power of foot-long brigantines carrying 30 well-armed men. In Pursuit of the Chukar Partridge Pruett, Had Genghis Khan sought to overwhelm Mahatma Gandhi, the result could hardly have been more predictable.
He has a way of spinning a good story, of keeping the pages turning, and as the pages turn, even the uninitiated learns a great deal about the early 16th century subjugation of the Aztecs and one of the most compelling, yet ultimately depressing, clashes between cultures in the Americas. I listened to the story on unabridged CD, as read by Patrick Lawlor, and found Conquistador so compelling as to listen to it a second time.
The result is inevitable.
But even so, Levy seems to have little sympathy for him. When I was in school our history teachers basically summed up Cortez’s conquest like “Well the Aztec emperor Moctezuma thought Cortez was a god because of his blond hair and so he handed over all their shit.
Conquistador : Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the last stand of the Aztecs
The Spaniards mispronounced this and from that day on they called themselves Teules. Cortes, through a series of brilliant if not guile-ridden, bloody, and manipulative political and military tactics, managed to overthrow a grand year old Kingdom of the Aztecs, dethrone the Emperor Montezuma, lay siege to the grand city of dreams -Tenochtitlan, and effectively establish a S This is a chronicle of the adventure of grand conquistador Hernan Cortes of Spain and his successful mission to conquer the Aztec kingdom in the 16th century.
If you want to know what an alien invasion would be like, don’t read science fiction, conquustador this book instead. The entire story feels like a tbe about the discovery of paradise. The Shadows of Smoke.
Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs by Buddy Levy
Time and time again Levy states I found this book a huge missed opportunity. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.
Well researched and balanced.
The weirdest part about his narration, however, was that when the text quoted Cortes, Lawlor uses this bizarre “Spanish” accent when speaking his words. Feb 05, Tom Elpel rated it it was amazing. The trouble is however too much, at the same time, all at once. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hernan Cortez conquest of Tenochtitlan is unlike any other I have read or heard about.
It also had huge temples built to the Aztec gods who demanded a constant stream of human sacrifices and cannibalism. Aug 21, John Nellis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 25, Justin Tyme rated it it was amazing. Visiting a remote Chinantec village in Mexico, I commented on what looked like a Day of the Dead altar. It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. To his credit, Levy does mention these strikingly large numbers of indigenous troops, but in contrast to his fawning over Cortes’ “strategic cunning”, it’s easy for the force of these numbers mentioned almost in passing not to really sink in.