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Author : S. M. Stirling
ISBN : 1101043938
Genre : Fiction
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“In this luscious alternative universe, sidekicks quote the Lone Ranger and Right inevitably triumphs with panache. What more could adventure-loving readers ask for?”—Publishers Weekly Oakland, 1946. Ex-soldier John Rolfe, newly back from the Pacific, has made a fabulous discovery: A portal to an alternate America where Europeans have never set foot—and the only other humans in sight are a band of very curious Indians. Able to return at will to the modern world, Rolfe summons the only people with whom he is willing to share his discovery: his war buddies. And tells them to bring their families... Los Angeles, twenty-first century. Fish and Game warden Tom Christiansen is involved in the bust of a smuggling operation. What he turns up is something he never anticipated: a photo of authentic Aztec priests decked out in Grateful Dead T-shirts, and a live condor from a gene pool that doesn’t correspond to any known in captivity or the wild. It is a find that will lead him to a woman named Adrienne Rolfe—and a secret that’s been hidden for sixty years…
Category: Fiction


Author : Buddy Levy
ISBN : 9780553905267
Genre : History
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In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures. “I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold.” —Hernán Cortés It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. Only one would survive the encounter. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable—and tragic—aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest. In Tenochtitlán, the famed City of Dreams, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of fifteen million people, and commander of the most powerful military machine in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astonishing military campaigns ever waged. Sometimes outnumbered in battle thousands-to-one, Cortés repeatedly beat seemingly impossible odds. Buddy Levy meticulously researches the mix of cunning, courage, brutality, superstition, and finally disease that enabled Cortés and his men to survive. Conquistador is the story of a lost kingdom—a complex and sophisticated civilization where floating gardens, immense wealth, and reverence for art stood side by side with bloodstained temples and gruesome rites of human sacrifice. It’s the story of Montezuma—proud, spiritual, enigmatic, and doomed to misunderstand the stranger he thought a god. Epic in scope, as entertaining as it is enlightening, Conquistador is history at its most riveting. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: History


Author : Philippe Xavier
ISBN : 9782331017940
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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"No one can attack the Aztec treasure without consequences... Conquistador Hernán Cortés and his army are under the protection of Emperor Moctezuma who considers them gods equals. But Cortés is greedy and soon he sets up a mission to steal Moctezuma’s priceless treasure. Mercenary Hernando Royo leads the crew. They will soon face the Legendary Defenders of the Aztec Treasure and will have to flee through the terrifying Jungle to survive. Moctezuma High Priest unleashes the most ruthless Creatures on them... "
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels


Author : Jack Eugene Fernandez
ISBN : 1467811742
Genre : Fiction
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This prequel to Fernandez’s successful Café Con Leche takes the reader back to 1867, on the cold, dark, jagged Cantabrian coast of northern Spain, where young Paco Iglesias dreams of sunny tropical islands. His call to military service thrills him with possibilities. His father, having lost his father and one son in an African campaign, spirits Paco off to the Caribbean. In Cuba Paco’s path to success in sugar cane is strewn with duplicity and treachery from several characters: Uncle Eugenio, the high-living sugar entrepreneur who takes in the young man; Eugenio’s kind and stunningly beautiful wife, Magdalena, who sours the lives of those she loves; the slave Lydia, Magdalena’s mulatta half-sister, who uses Paco; Marta, Paco’s childhood sweetheart, who comes to him blemished. These characters, along with dozens of African slaves, live out their lives on a sugar cane plantation in the asphyxiating atmosphere of slavery. Through this thicket of cane, deceit, and blazing sun, Paco must hack his way.
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The Body Of The Conquistador

Author : Rebecca Earle
ISBN : 9781107693296
Genre : History
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This fascinating history explores the dynamic relationship between overseas colonisation in Spanish America and the bodily experience of eating.
Category: History

Hernan Cortes

Author : David West
ISBN : 1404202447
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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In graphic novel format, tells about the life of Hernan Cortes, Spanish conquistador, whose 1519 expedition led to the conquest of the Aztec Empire.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Last Conquistador

Author : Marc Simmons
ISBN : 0806123680
Genre : History
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This book chronicles the life and frontier career of Don Juan de Oñate, the first colonizer of the old Spanish Borderlands. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, in the mid-sixteenth century, Don Juan was the prominent son of an aristocratic silver-mining family. In 1598, in his late forties, Oñate led a formidable expedition of settlers, with wagons and livestock, on an epic march northward to the upper Rio Grade Valley of New Mexico. There he established the first European settlement west of the Mississippi, launching a significant chapter in early American history. In his activities he displayed qualities typical of Spain’s sixteenth-century men of action; in his career we find a summation of the motives, aspirations, intentions, strengths, and weaknesses of the Hispanic pioneers who settled the Borderlands.
Category: History

Conquistador In Chains

Author : David A. Howard
ISBN : 9780817308285
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The current image of the Spanish conquest of America and of the conquistadores who carried it out is one of destruction and oppression. One conquistador does not fit that image, however. A life-changing adventure led Cabeza de Vaca to seek a different kind of conquest, one that would be just and humane, true to Spanish religion and law, but one that safeguarded liberty and justice for the Indians of the New World. His use of the skills learned from his experiences with the Indians of North America did not always help him in understanding and managing the Indians of South America, and too many of the Spanish settlers in the Rio de la Plata Province found that his policies threatened their own interests and relations with the Indians. Eventually many of those Spaniards joined a conspiracy that removed him from power and returned him to Spain in chains. That Cabeza de Vaca was overthrown is not surprising. His ideas and policies opposed the self-interest of most of the first Spaniards who had come to America. What is amazing is that he was able to inspire and hold support among many others in America, who remained loyal to him during his time in prison and after his return to Spain.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Geoff Simons
ISBN : 9781349244171
Genre : Political Science
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This book provides a detailed history of Cuba from before the arrival of Columbus to 1995. Topics covered include: the Spanish colonisation, the role of Christianity, slavery, the US interventions, the Mafia connection, the Castro revolution, and Cuba's struggle to survive in the so-called 'Special Period' following the collapse of the Socialist bloc. Particular attention is given to the prolonged US efforts to overthrow the Castro regime, involving the United States in violations of international law and crimes against humanity.
Category: Political Science