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Restall, Matthew, 1964-
The conquistadors : a very short introduction / Matthew Restall and Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E123 .R387 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject America -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish
Latin America -- History -- To 1600
Subject(s) Conquerors -- Spain -- History
Conquerors -- America -- History
Physical Description xiv, 125 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 111-115) and index
Contents A great many hardships -- Many victories, great conquests -- To give account of whom i am -- By a miracle of god -- A shortcut to the grave
Summary With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed the course of history, but the myth they established was even stranger than their real achievements. This Very Short Introduction deploys the latest scholarship to shatter and replace the traditional narrative. Chapters explore New World civilizations prior to the invasions, the genesis of conquistador culture on both sides of the Atlantic, the roles black Africans and Native Americans played, and the consequences of the invasions. The book reveals who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible
Series Very short introductions ; 301
Alternate Author Fernández-Armesto, Felipe

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