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  1. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    Published by Hourly History in 2020. I am an avid reader of history, but I have areas of weakness that I am perfectly willing to shore up a bit, but I don't want to invest a ton of time. I want to know a bit more, not become an expert. The history of the Spanish conquest of the New World is just one of those areas for me. I know more than most people, but I can see the glaringly empty areas of my own ignorance. Cortés is, of course, the Spanish conquistador that pretty much invented the idea of be Published by Hourly History in 2020. I am an avid reader of history, but I have areas of weakness that I am perfectly willing to shore up a bit, but I don't want to invest a ton of time. I want to know a bit more, not become an expert. The history of the Spanish conquest of the New World is just one of those areas for me. I know more than most people, but I can see the glaringly empty areas of my own ignorance. Cortés is, of course, the Spanish conquistador that pretty much invented the idea of being a Spanish conquistador. Conquistador means "conqueror" in Spanish and Cortés pretty much perfected the concept when he conquered the Aztec Empire from 1519-1521. I am not going to attempt a defense of Cortés' motives or techniques, but it was literally one of the most amazing conquests in history. What this history does well is give a brief synopsis of the conquests in a straight narrative history. There's not a lot of analysis and certainly not much information on the native Mexican groups - not even the Aztecs themselves. This is exactly the sort of biography that someone who hates history might pick to read because it is not an intimidating length and it is not written in highfalutin language. There is nothing in this biography that is inaccurate, just a matter of what the Hourly History people decided to highlight and emphasize. I rate this kindle book 3 stars out of 5. Not bad, for what it is. Nowhere near a complete biography, but a solid place to start. https://dwdsreviews.blogspot.com/2022...

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

    Mr Greed I have read so many accounts of Cortes’ conquest of Mexico that one never knows which to believe. This is the that he needed to make two attacks on the city. This account gave more details of the other tribes and their loyalties.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nihal Lele

    Hernan Cortes lived a life of greed. From childhood, all he wanted was to rule. When his father allowed him to join a voyage to the New World, he was more than happy. No one ever knew what was the future of this young and ambitious man. This book provides a brief overview of his life, voyages, and conquests. I would've rated this book 5 stars, but very little was written about his childhood. Hernan Cortes lived a life of greed. From childhood, all he wanted was to rule. When his father allowed him to join a voyage to the New World, he was more than happy. No one ever knew what was the future of this young and ambitious man. This book provides a brief overview of his life, voyages, and conquests. I would've rated this book 5 stars, but very little was written about his childhood.

  4. 5 out of 5

    María López Moreno

    Bastante bien para conocer más de este personaje tan relevante en la historia de España. Una pena que no seamos anglosajones, de ser así Hernán Cortés tendría una serie de televisión, películas y demás parafernalia para mantener su memoria presente.

  5. 4 out of 5

    jparvinjr

    Interesting short story of Hernan Cortes. Excellent reading, from young man to finally grown leader of his army of Spaniards, and his conquests of Mexico and his throat for power and gold.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    What, no chocolate? A good brief history of Cortes and his conquest of the Aztecs. Outside of this book I only know him as the man who brought cocoa to Europe

  7. 5 out of 5

    Apriel

    I’m not an expert on Cortes but this short intro seemed accurate.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richard Bennett

    Good quick read I got basically what I wanted in 1 hour. As expected and an easy read. Glad I got it for a lazy Saturday afternoon.

  9. 4 out of 5

    George Polansky

    Good synopsis of this period.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anjalica

    Nasty and greedy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Victor Alan Reeves

    Good summary of a very unlikeable man.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Star Gater

    Fast paced facts. Four stars for moving quickly and seemlessly through each milestone. This book put facts to names I knew, and also showed cruelty to people has continued.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andri

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    Zee

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    Debie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brett

  17. 4 out of 5

    Virgil Mumaw

  18. 5 out of 5

    John

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monica Martin

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    Paul Vittay

  21. 4 out of 5

    Philip Rogers

  22. 5 out of 5

    Geraldine Armbruster

  23. 5 out of 5

    herb munsell

  24. 5 out of 5

    Doyice J. Cotten

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

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    Ron Gerughty

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    Lance

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    Paul Walsh

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve Martinson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angel L. Torrado

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