History of the Conquest of Mexico. Volume 1


William H. Prescott
Wilfred Harold Munro (Editor)

Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: HIS038000

William Hickling Prescott’s History of the Conquest of Mexico presents the conquest of Mexico between 1519 and 1521 in four volumes. Although blind and having never traveled to the Americas, Prescott’s account of the conquest of the Aztecs is as highly respected by historians today as it was in the 19th century.
(Imprint: SNOVA)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introductory Note by the Editor
Editor’s Preface

Part I. Introduction—View of the Aztec Civilization
Chapter I. Ancient Mexico—Climate and Products—Primitive Races—Aztec Empire
Chapter II. Succession to the Crown—Aztec Nobility—Judicial System—Laws and Revenues—Military Institutions
Chapter III. Mexican Mythology—The Sacerdotal Order—The Temples—Human Sacrifices
Chapter IV. Mexican Hieroglyphics—Manuscripts—Arithmetic—Chronology—Astronomy
Chapter V. Aztec Agriculture—Mechanical Arts—Merchants—Domestic Manners
Chapter VI. Tezcucans—Their Golden Age—Accomplished Princes—Decline of their Monarchy
Preliminary Notice

Part II Discovery of Mexico
Chapter I. Spain under Charles V.—Progress of Discovery—Colonial Policy—Conquest of Cuba—Expeditions to Yucatan
Chapter II. Hernando Cortés—His Early Life—Visits the New World—His Residence in Cuba—Difficulties with Velasquez—Armada intrusted to Cortés
Chapter III. Jealousy of Velasquez—Cortés Embarks—Equipment of his Fleet—His Person and Character—Rendezvous at Havana—Strength of his Armament
Chapter IV. Voyage to Cozumel—Conversion of the Natives—Jeronimo de Aguilar—Army arrives at Tabasco—Great Battle with the Indians—Christianity introduced
Chapter V. Voyage along the Coast—Doña Marina—Spaniards land in Mexico—Interview with the Aztecs


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