Historia de la conquista de México by Francisco López de Gómara
En el contexto de los relatos históricos de la conquista de América, la obra de Francisco López de Gómara (1512-1575?) -sacerdote egresado de la universidad de Alcalá- representa una pieza excepcional, por recuperar la información de primera mano que le ofreció el mismísimo Hernán Cortés, de quien fuera capellán privado, y otros personajes significativos, como Gonzalo de Tapia y Gonzalo de Umbría. Aparecida por primera vez en Zaragoza en 1552, pronto fue traducida al francés, el italiano y el náhuatl.
Gracias a los defectos más sobresalientes de su factura (el deseo de magnificar la figura de Cortés y numerosos errores históricos) la Historia de la conquista de México nos ayuda a entender las frecuentes distorsiones y maniqueísmos en que incurre la historia.
Hoy día le dan vigencia su estilo conciso y agradable y un tono narrativo que, con rapidez y gracia, atrae al lector desde las primeras páginas.
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In this brief Hernan Cortez biography, we'll try to learn a bit more about the man who tried to conquer the Aztec empire. In one sense, he did conquer it. In another sense, it lived on in spite of all that Hernan Cortes and his army tried to do. His was an upper class family, though his parents weren't wealthy. He was somewhat sickly as a child, and the family's only son. At the age of 14, his parents sent him to the University of Salamanca to eventually study law. But he wasn't happy at school, too restless to follow the rules.
He went to Hispaniola and later to Cuba , where he received an encomienda the right to the labor of certain subjects. For a short time, he served as alcalde magistrate of the second Spanish town founded on the island.
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He finally sailed for the island of Hispaniola now Santo Domingo in In Hispaniola he became a farmer and notary to a town council; for the first six years or so, he seems to have been content to establish his position. He contracted syphilis and, as a result, missed the ill-fated expeditions of Diego de Nicuesa and Alonso de Ojeda, which sailed for the South American mainland in He was now in a position of some power and the man to whom dissident elements in the colony began to turn for leadership. His sense of the dramatic, his long experience as an administrator, the knowledge gained from so many failed expeditions, above all his ability as a speaker gathered to him six ships and men, all in less than a month.