To the Spanish he was a conquering hero, a conquistador, spreading Christianity to the ‘savage tribes’ of the new world. To the Aztecs and the native people of Central America, he was a harbinger of death, a destroyer of culture, and a frightening apparition that heralded the end of their civilisation.

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Reading list:
When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History – Matthew Restall
Conquistadors – Michael Wood
The Conquest of New Spain: Volume 1 – Bernal Diaz Del Castillo
Profiles in American History: The Life and Times of Hernando Cortés
All About History Magazine Volume 99: Wrath of Cortes (Anthony Mederer’s collection)

 

 

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