By Davíd Carrasco
The heritage of the Conquest of recent Spain through Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a brand new abridgement of Diaz del Castillo's vintage Historia verdadera de los angeles conquista de Nueva Espa?±a, bargains a different contribution to our knowing of the political and spiritual forces that drove the nice cultural stumble upon among Spain and the Americas referred to as the 'conquest of Mexico.' along with containing very important passages, scenes, and occasions excluded from different abridgements, this version comprises 8 important interpretive essays that deal with indigenous religions and cultural practices, sexuality in the course of the early colonial interval, the jobs of girls in indigenous cultures, and research of the political and monetary reasons at the back of Diaz del Castillo's narrative. a sequence of maps remove darkness from the routes of the conquistadors, the association of indigenous settlements, the fight for the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, in addition to the disastrous Spanish trip to Honduras. the data compiled for this quantity deals elevated accessibility to the unique textual content, areas it in a much wider social and narrative context, and encourages additional studying, learn, and realizing.
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22 Y Bernal Díaz del Castillo Juan Sedeño landed and went to pay his respects to Cortés, and after a long conversation Cortés bought the ship and the pork and bread on credit, and it all came with us. So we already had eleven ships and thank God all was going well with us. I must go back a little from our story to say that after we had set out from Santiago de Cuba with all the ships, so many things were said to Diego Velásquez against Cortés that he was forced to change his mind, for they told him that Cortés was already in rebellion, and that he left the port by stealth, and that he had been heard to say that although Diego Velásquez and his relations might regret it, he intended to be Captain and that was the reason why he had embarked all his soldiers by night, so that if any attempt were made to detain him by force he might set sail.
However, our greatest trouble arose from the want of freshwater, for owing to the attack made on us and the haste with which we had to take to the boats, all the casks and barrels which we had filled with water were left behind. So great was our thirst that our mouths and tongues were cracked with the dryness, and there was nothing to give us relief. Oh! what hardships one endures, when discovering new lands, in the way we set out to The Expedition under Córdova Y 11 do it; no one can appreciate the excessive hardships who has not passed through them as we did.
The Cacique advised Cortés to send a ransom to the owners who held these men as slaves, so Cortés Finds an Interpreter Y 31 that they should be allowed to come, and Cortés did so, and gave to the messengers all manner of beads. Then he ordered the two smallest vessels to be got ready, under the command of Diego de Ordás, and he sent them off to the coast near Cape Catoche where the larger vessel was to wait for eight days while the smaller vessel should go backwards and forwards and bring news of what was being done, for the land of Cape Catoche was only four leagues distant.