• Title: Searching for Golden Empires: Epic Cultural Collisions in Sixteenth-Century America
  • Author: William K. Hartmann
  • ISBN: 9780816530878
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Searching for Golden Empires Epic Cultural Collisions in Sixteenth Century America This lively book recounts the explorations of the first generations of Spanish conquistadors and their Native allies Author William K Hartmann brings readers along as the explorers probe from Cuba to
    This lively book recounts the explorations of the first generations of Spanish conquistadors and their Native allies Author William K Hartmann brings readers along as the explorers probe from Cuba to the Aztec capital of Mexico City, and then northward through the borderlands to New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, southern California, and as far as Kansas Characters include HThis lively book recounts the explorations of the first generations of Spanish conquistadors and their Native allies Author William K Hartmann brings readers along as the explorers probe from Cuba to the Aztec capital of Mexico City, and then northward through the borderlands to New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, southern California, and as far as Kansas Characters include Hernan Cort s, the conqueror the Aztec ruler Motezuma Francisco V zquez de Coronado, a famous expedition leader fray Marcos de Niza, an explorer priest doomed to disgrace and Viceroy Antonio Mendoza, the king s representative who tried to keep the explorers under control Recounting eyewitness experiences that the Spaniards recorded in letters and memoirs, Hartmann describes ancient lifeways from Mexico to the western United States Aztec accounts of the conquest discussions between Aztec priests and Spanish priests about the nature of the universe Cort s s lifelong relationship with his famous Native mistress, Malinche not to mention the mysterious fate of his wife lost explorers who wandered from Florida to Arizona and Marcos de Niza s controversial reports of the Seven Cities of C bola Searching for Golden Empires describes how, even after the conquest of Mexico, Cort s remained a wildcat competitor with Coronado in a race to see who could find the next golden empire, believed to lie in the north It is an exciting history of the shared story of the United States and Mexico, unveiling episodes both tragic and uplifting.

    One Reply to “Searching for Golden Empires: Epic Cultural Collisions in Sixteenth-Century America”

    1. Rather entertaining account of the early Spanish and native American interactions. Learned a lot that most Americans wouldn't learn in a typical schooling. Hartmann's writing style isn't super scholarly, and he floats some opinions that most other scholars in the area don't seem to agree with. Good detail and research seems good. A little bit of archaeologically interesting bits; accounting how significant sites were found, who found them, etc. Gets a bit bogged down in calculations of how long [...]

    2. The main focus of this historical work seems to be narrowing down the exact route that Spaniards took to explore north of Mexico City and to refute points made by earlier archaeologists and historians. The author has spent a lifetime researching various archives, translations and "boots on the ground" looking and digging and I applaud that, but it makes for a less engaging narrative. Beginning the story with the conquest of the Aztec capital and its transformation into a replica 16th Century Spa [...]

    3. While the primary narrative of this book chronicles the exploits of sixteenth century Spanish conquistadores in North America, the true value of this work is its dogged adherence to factual evidence; eyewitness accounts, official records in Madrid, archeological dig sites. The author thoroughly traces the history of Cortez’s sacking of Tenochtitlan, tenaciously follows the route taken by Coronado in search of the Seven Cities of Gold, and entertains us with the stories of many other Spanish ex [...]

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