History of the Conquest of Mexico

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Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet never did I breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold.
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific - and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise -
Silent, upon a peak in Darien. - Keats

Prescott’s classic and beautifully written work describes what Cortez and his men went on to do, and how it was that they came to destroy the empire of the Aztecs - Written by hefyd

(Note: This project had some missing and duplicate sections. This has been corrected as of July 9, 2010. The affected sections were 12, 13, 27, 28, 33, & 34.) (24 hr 35 min)


Bk1, C1-Ancient Mexico,its climate and its products 26:40 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Bk1,C2-Succession to the crown, Aztec nobility 39:34 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Bk1,C3-Mexican mythology,the sacerdotal order 35:24 Read by hefyd
Bk1,C4-Mexican hieroglyphics,manuscripts 38:48 Read by hefyd
Bk1,C5-Aztec agriculture,the mechanical arts 26:54 Read by hefyd
Bk1,C6-The Tezcucans,their golden age 39:50 Read by hefyd
Bk2,C1-Spain under Charles V,progress of discovery 26:56 Read by Sue Anderson
Bk2, C2-Hernando Cortes,his early life 26:53 Read by Sue Anderson
Bk2,C3-Jealousy of Velasquez,Cortes embarks 20:27 Read by Sue Anderson
Bk2,C4-Voyage to Cozumel,conversion of the natives 49:41 Read by Mick
Bk2,C5-Voyage along the coast,Dona Marina 14:06 Read by ontheroad
Bk2,C6-Account of Montezuma,state of his empire 26:52 Read by ontheroad
Bk2,C7-Troubles in the camp,plan for a colony 32:16 Read by Nathalie J.
Bk2,C8-Another Aztec embassy,destruction of idols 32:25 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
Bk3,C1-Proceedings at Cempoalla,the Spaniards climb the tableland 21:08 Read by Nathalie J.
Bk3,C2-Republic of Tlascala, its institutions 33:39 Read by Nathalie J.
Bk3, C3-Decisive victory, Indian council 29:38 Read by Nathalie J.
Bk3,C4-Discontents in the army,Tlascalan spies 22:49 Read by Nathalie J.
Bk3,C5-Spaniards enter Tlascala,a description of the capital 20:56 Read by TriciaG
Bk3,C6-City of Cholula, great temple 21:04 Read by TriciaG
Bk3, C7-Terrible massacre,tranquillity restored 19:02 Read by Kalynda
Bk3, C8-March resumed,valley of Mexico 25:35 Read by TriciaG
Bk3,C9-Environs of Mexico,interview with Montezuma 30:29 Read by TriciaG
Bk4,C1-Tezcucan lake,description of the capital 35:38 Read by Lizzie Driver
Bk4,C2-Market of Mexico, great temple 28:04 Read by TriciaG
Bk4,C3-Anxiety of Cortes,seizure of Montezuma 26:23 Read by hefyd
Bk4,C4-Montezuma's deportment,his life in the Spanish quarters 22:44 Read by hefyd
Bk4,C5-Montezuma swears allegiance to Spain,royal treasures 24:04 Read by Guero
Bk4,C6-Fate of Cortes' emissaries 36:08 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Bk4,C7-Cortes descends from the tableland,negotiates with Narvaez 34:11 Read by Sue Anderson
Bk4,C8-Discontent of the troops,insurrection in the capital 32:34 Read by hefyd
Bk5,C1-Desperate assault on the quarters,fury of the Mexicans 28:17 Read by hefyd
Bk5, C2-Storming of the great temple,spirit of the Aztecs 26:51 Read by Kalynda
Bk5, C3-Council of war,Spaniards evacuate the city 33:58 Read by Margaret Espaillat
Bk5, C4-The Spaniards retreat,distresses of the army 22:40 Read by Kristine Bekere
Bk5,C5-Arrival in Tlascala,friendly reception 26:58 Read by hefyd
Bk5, C6-War with the surrounding tribes,successes of the Spaniards 28:04 Read by benarad
Bk5,C7-Guatemozin,new emperor of the Aztecs,preparations for the march 29:51 Read by hefyd
Bk6,C1-Arrangements at Tezcuco,sack of Iztapalapan 28:05 Read by TriciaG
Bk6,C2-Cortes reconnoitres the capital,occupies Tacuba 25:25 Read by TriciaG
Bk6,C3-Second reconnoitring expedition,the capture of Cuernavaca 32:17 Read by TriciaG
Bk6,C4-Conspiracy in the army, brigantines launched 26:35 Read by TriciaG
Bk6,C5-Indian flotilla defeated,the causeways occupied 36:20 Read by TriciaG
Bk6, C6-General assault on the city,defeat of the Spaniards 26:30 Read by TriciaG
Bk6, C7-Success of the Spaniards, fruitless offers to Guatemozin 25:03 Read by TriciaG
Bk6, C8-Dreadful sufferings of the besieged,spirit of Guatemozin 36:24 Read by TriciaG
Bk7, C1-Torture of Guatemozin,submission of the country 20:54 Read by Kalynda
Bk7, C2-Modern Mexico,settlement of the country 16:54 Read by hefyd
Bk7, C3-Defection of Olid,dreadful march to Honduras 26:45 Read by hefyd
Bk7, C4-Disturbances in Mexico,return of Cortes 31:18 Read by hefyd
Bk7, C5-Cortes revisits Mexico,retires to his estates 45:08 Read by hefyd