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    • When Montezuma Met Cortés

    • The True Story of the Meeting That Changed History
    • By: Matthew Restall
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    In 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introduction - the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas - has long been the symbol of Cortés' bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere. But is this really what happened?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Flawed, but worth it for those interested.

    • By Aggressive Joe on 02-16-18

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

    • By: Matthew Restall
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    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 vividly written and authoritative 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.

    Regular price: $17.49