Michael Wood

Following within the footsteps of the best Spanish adventurers, Michael wooden retraces the trail of the conquistadors from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. As he travels an identical routes as Hernán Cortés, and Francisco and Gonzalo Pizarro, wooden describes the dramatic occasions that observed the epic sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires. He additionally follows elements of Orellana's impressive voyage of discovery down the Amazon and of Cabeza de Vaca's laborious trip throughout the United States to the Pacific. Few tales in historical past fit those conquests for sheer drama, persistence, and distances lined, and Wood's gripping narrative brings them absolutely to life.

Wood reconstructs each side of the conquest, drawing from assets equivalent to Bernal Diaz's eyewitness account, Cortés's personal letters, and the Aztec texts recorded now not lengthy after the autumn of Mexico. Wood's evocative tale of his personal trip makes a compelling reference to the sixteenth-century international as he relates the present-day customs, rituals, and oral traditions of the folk he meets. He deals robust descriptions of the rivers, mountains, and ruins he encounters on his journey, evaluating what he has obvious and skilled with the old checklist. A wealth of beautiful images aid the textual content, drawing the reader toward the land and its people.

As good as being one of many pivotal occasions in historical past, the Spanish conquest of the Americas was once the most merciless and devastating. wooden grapples with the ethical legacy of the eu invasion and with the results of an episode in historical past that swept away civilizations, religions, and methods of lifestyles. The tales in Conquistadors are not just of conquest, heroism, and greed, yet of alterations within the means we see the realm, background and civilization, justice and human rights.

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