The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction -

The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction

By Matthew Restall, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto



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With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed the course of history, but the myth they established was even stranger than their real achievements. This Very Short Introduction deploys the latest scholarship to shatter and replace the traditional narrative. Chapters explore New World civilizations prior to the invasions, the genesis of conquistador culture on both sides of the Atlantic, the roles black Africans and Native Americans played, and the consequences of the invasions. The book reveals who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.

Product code: 9780195392296

ISBN 9780195392296
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H173xW115xS9
Series Very Short Introductions
No. Of Pages 144
Publisher Oxford University Press Inc
This Very Short Introduction examines the Spanish conquistadors who invaded the Americas in the sixteenth century, as well as the Native American Kingdoms they invaded.