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

Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 6

Cuauhtémoc – the last emperor of the Aztecs

In the wake of his defeat at Tenochtitlan, Cortés has to fend off the Aztecs at the Battle of Otumba.

He must then consolidate his forces, and plot his return to the Valley of Mexico.

Meanwhile, smallpox ravages the Aztec Empire – and brings a new emperor – Cuauhtémoc.

Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 5

La Noche Triste

In Part 5 in our series on Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico, Cortés must deal with threats from the recently arrived Panfilo de Narvaez, and an uprising in Tenochtitlan. Things will end with the La Noche Triste – the Night of Sorrows (hint: that’s won’t end well for the Spanish).

Below is a map of Tenochtitlan at the time of Cortés arrival in 1519.

 

Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico

In part one of our series, Hernán Cortés organizes and leads an army to Mexico to seek out the rich lands to the west. He does all of this despite a confrontation with the governor of Cuba, Diego Velázquez.

In Mexico, the Spanish will find something they never imagined – the Aztec Empire.

Below is a map of Cortés’ route to Mexico in 1519.

Pánfilo de Narváez and the Narváez Expedition

narvaezSpanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez marched into to swamps and forests Florida in 1527 with 300 men. Narváez and his men were in search of gold. Unfortunately, they are in store for a whole lot of misery and death. The Narváez Expedition is notable in that it marked the beginning of the amazing story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca – whose life we will cover in our next podcast.

Please note that the upcoming podcast on Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca is really an extension of the Narváez podcast. A link to that page will be added with the Cabeza de Vaca podcast has been published.

Resources

No better document for this podcast is the writings of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the expedition’s second-in-command. You can read it free online. Here is a good online version – or you can download a PDF or eReader version at archive.org.

I also want to give a nod to the folks at Wikipedia. The page that was set up detailing the Narváez Expedition is wonderful. Also, from there, you can access links to the various players in our tale.

narvaez-de-vacaThis map shows the route taken by the Narváez Expedition – in addition to the later travels of Cabeza de Vaca.

All images are from Wikipedia.