Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 8

Part 8 is the wrap up of this amazing series.

We look at the aftermath of the siege of Tenochtitlan, cover the rest of Cortés’ life, and do a review of the lives of some of the key players in the series.

We will wrap with some thoughts on Cortés and the fall of the Aztec Empire.

“The Martyrdom of Cuauhtémoc”, a 19th-century painting by Leandro Izaguirre

Resources

There is a lot of information on Cortés and the Aztec Empire. Below are some of the key sources that used for the podcast.

Conquistador, Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs by Buddy Levy.

Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire from Columbus to Magellan by Hugh Thomas.

Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas.

When Montezuma met Cortes: The True Story of the meeting that Changed History by Matthew Restall. This offers some of the radical rethinking of the fall of the Aztec Empire – and is thus controversial in the eyes of some.

Letters of Cortes, Vol. 1 by Hernan Cortes.

Letters of Cortes, Vol. 2 by Hernan Cortes.

Florentine Codex by Bernardino de Sahagún.

The Memoirs of Conquistador Bernal Diaz Del Castillo by Bernal Diaz.

Wikipedia links

2 thoughts on “Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 8

  1. You made a comment at the end of Ch 8 as to references about Cortes and one of them being a Neil Young song “Cortes the Killer”. This song made me more curious about Cortes and his expedition. All I remember about him from school is that he was an explorer. I don’t remember anything about him being mean and a brutal killer of so many people. I am glad I came across this podcast and enjoyed it and found it very interesting. Thank You so much for the information of his quest. I find the pyramids of Mexico fascinating and would like to learn more. Thank You again!

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