Brilliant, strong and soaking up, it is a first-person account of 1 of the main startling army episodes in historical past: the overthrow of Montezuma's doomed Aztec Empire via the ruthless Hernan Cortes and his band of adventurers. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, himself a soldier less than Cortes, provides a fascinatingly targeted description of the Spanish touchdown in Mexico in 1520 and their amazement on the urban, the exploitation of the natives for gold and different treasures, the expulsion and flight of the Spaniards, their regrouping and eventual catch of the Aztec capital.

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If it was once chilly, they outfitted a wide hearth of reside coals made through burning the bark of a tree which gave off no smoke. The scent of the bark from which they made those coals was once very candy. so that he may still get not more warmth than he sought after, they put a type of monitor in entrance of it decorated with the figures of idols labored in gold. He may take a seat on a tender low stool, which was once richly labored. His desk, which used to be additionally low and adorned within the related method, was once lined with white tablecloths and quite lengthy napkins of an identical fabric. Then 4 very fresh and lovely women introduced water for his arms in a single of these deep basins that they name xicales. 1 They held others like plates underneath it to trap the water, and taken him towels. different ladies introduced him maize-cakes. whilst he begun his meal they positioned in entrance of him a type of wood monitor, richly adorned with gold, in order that not anyone may still see him devour. Then the 4 girls retired, and 4 nice chieftains, all previous males, stood beside him. He talked with them from time to time and requested them questions, and as a good favour he could occasionally provide one in every of them a dish of no matter what tasted most sensible. they are saying that those have been his closest family members and advisers and judges of proceedings, and if he gave them something to devour they ate it status, with deep reverence and with out having a look in his face. Montezuma’s nutrients was once served on Cholula ware, a few purple and a few black. whereas he was once eating, the guards within the adjacent rooms didn't dare to talk or make a noise above a whisper. His servants introduced him a few of all kinds of fruit that grew within the state, yet he ate little or no of it. occasionally they introduced him in cups of 24-karat gold a drink made up of the cocoa-plant, which they acknowledged he took earlier than traveling his other halves. We didn't take a lot detect of this on the time, even though I observed them herald an excellent fifty huge jugs of this chocolate, all frothed up, of which he could drink a bit. They continually served it with nice reverence. occasionally a few little humpbacked dwarfs will be current at his foodstuff, whose our bodies appeared nearly to be damaged within the heart. those have been his jesters. there have been different Indians who advised him jokes and should have been his clowns, and others who sang and danced, for Montezuma was once very keen on track and leisure and might gift his entertainers with the leavings of the nutrients and chocolate. a similar 4 girls got rid of the tablecloths and back such a lot reverently introduced him water for his palms. Then Montezuma could consult those 4 previous chieftains approximately issues that him, and they'd take their go away with nice rite. He stayed in the back of to relaxation. once the nice Montezuma had dined, the entire guards and lots of extra of his loved ones servants ate of their flip. i believe greater than 1000 plates of meals should have been introduced in for them, and greater than thousand jugs of chocolate frothed up within the Mexican variety, and limitless amounts of fruit, in order that along with his ladies and serving-maids and bread-makers and chocolate-makers his expenditures should have been huge.

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