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Hernan Cortes
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604134240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-424-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 08/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 972
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 120

Summary

On February 10, 1519, Hernán Cortés set sail for the Yucatán, seeking gold and a new world to conquer. Within nine months, he had reached the capital of the Aztec kingdom and taken its ruler, Montezuma, prisoner. The arrival of Cortés, though, marked a clash of civilizations that would forever alter the region and its people. The Aztecs possessed a populous kingdom filled with riches, art, and architecture, but the explorer's arrival destroyed that kingdom and its population through fighting and disease. Hernán Cortés is the story of an ambitious man who was heralded as a heroic conqueror, a ruthless explorer who presented his king with a territory nine times larger than Spain itself, and a skilled military commander whose actions forever altered the land that we know today as Mexico.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs and maps. Sidebars. Chronology and timeline. Bibliography. Glossary. Further resources. Web sites. Index.

About the Author(s)

Heather Lehr Wagner is the author of more than 40 books that explore social and political issues for middle school and high school readers. She earned a B.A. in political science from Duke University and an M.A. in government from the College of William and Mary. Wagner lives in Pennsylvania.

Reviews and Awards

"...offers a very readable record of events as well as some reflection on the complexity of two civilizations colliding."


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