Bernal Díaz del Castillo

Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492 – 1584) was a Spanish conquistador and historian. He is known primarily for his work 'Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España' (The True History of the Conquest of New Spain), in which he provides a first-person account of the conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards under the command of Hernán Cortés, where he served as a soldier. His detailed chronicle includes descriptions of the indigenous cultures of Mexico and the events of the conquest, offering valuable historical insights from the perspective of a participant.


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  1. 1. The True History of the Conquest of New Spain

    This book provides a first-hand account of the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish during the 16th century. It offers a detailed narrative of the events, battles, and interactions with native tribes, including the Aztecs. The author, a soldier in the Spanish army, provides a unique perspective on Hernán Cortés and his tactics, the politics of the time, and the cultural and religious practices of the indigenous people. The book also highlights the hardships, challenges, and ethical dilemmas faced by the conquistadors.

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