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Author Restall, Matthew, 1964-

Title Seven myths of the Spanish conquest / Matthew Restall.

Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  980.013072 R313s 2004    ---  Available
Edition First Oxford University paperback edition.
Description xix, 218 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Originally published: 2003.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Here is an exploration of the ways in which the history of the Spanish Conquest has been misread and passed down to become popular knowledge of these events. The book offers a fresh account of the activities of the best-known conquistadors and explorers, including Columbus, Cortes, and Pizarro." "Using a wide array of sources, historian Matthew Restall highlights seven key myths, uncovering the source of the inaccuracies and exploding the fallacies and misconceptions behind each myth. This book shows, for instance, that native Americans did not take the conquistadors for gods and that small numbers of vastly outnumbered Spaniards did not bring down great empires with stunning rapidity. We discover that Columbus was correctly seen in his lifetime - and for decades after - as a briefly fortunate but unexceptional participant in efforts involving many southern Europeans. It was only much later that Columbus was portrayed as a great man who fought against the ignorance of his age to discover the new world. Restall also shows that the Spanish Conquest relied heavily on black and native allies, who provided many thousands of fighters, vastly outnumbering the conquistadors. In fact, the native perception of the Conquest differed sharply from the Spanish version - they saw it as a native civil war in which the Spaniards played an important but secondary role." "The Conquest, Restall shows, was more complex - and more fascinating - than conventional histories have portrayed it. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest offers a richer and more nuanced account of a key event in the history of the Americas."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents Introduction. The lost words of Bernal Díaz -- 1. A handful of adventurers : the myth of exceptional men -- 2. Neither paid nor forced : the myth of the king's army -- 3. Invisible warriors : the myth of the white conquistador -- 4. Under the lordship of the king : the myth of completion -- 5. The lost words of La Malinche : the myth of (mis)communication -- 6. The Indians are coming to an end : the myth of native desolation -- 7. Apes and men : the myth of superiority -- Epilogue. Cuauhtémoc's betrayal.
Subject Conquest of Mexico (1519-1540) (OCoLC)fst01352532
Spaniards -- America -- Historiography.
Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540 -- Historiography.
Latin America -- History -- Errors, inventions, etc.
Historiography. (OCoLC)fst00958221
Myth. (OCoLC)fst01031678
Spaniards -- Historiography. (OCoLC)fst01128162
America. (OCoLC)fst01239786
Latin America. (OCoLC)fst01245945
Mexico. (OCoLC)fst01211700
Chronological Term 1519-1540
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0195176111
0195160770 (cased)

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