Invading Guatemala Spanish, Nahua, and Maya Accounts of the Conquest Wars

ISBN-10: 0271027584

ISBN-13: 9780271027586

Edition: 2007

Authors: Matthew Restall, Florine G. L. Asselbergs

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After invading highland Guatemala in 1524, Spaniards claimed to have smashed the Kaqchikel and K'iche' Maya kingdoms and to have forged a new colony-with their leader, Pedro de Alvarado, as Guatemala's conquistador. This volume shows that the real story of the Spanish invasion was very different. Designed to be both an accessible introduction to the topic as well as a significant contribution to conquest scholarship, the volume presents for the first time English translations of firsthand accounts by Spaniards, Nahuas, and Mayas.Alvarado's letters to Corts, published here in English for the first time in almost a century, are supplemented with accounts by one of his cousins, by his brother Jorge, and by Bernal Daz and Bartolom de Las Casas. Nahua perspectives are presented in the form of pictorial evidence, along with written testimony by Tlaxcalan and Aztec veterans who fought as invading allies of the Spaniards; their claim to have done most of the fighting emerges as a powerful argument. The views of the invaded are represented by Kaqchikel and Tz'utujil accounts. Together, these sources reveal a fascinating multiplicity of perspectives and show how the conquest wars of the 1520s were a profoundly brutal moment in the history of the Americas.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 1/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

List of Maps and Figures
Foreword
Preface
The Invasions of Guatemala
Pedro de Alvarado's Letters to Hernando Cortes, 1524
Other Spanish Accounts
Nahua Accounts
Maya Accounts
Bibliography
Index
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