Conquistadors - Michael WoodLondon: BBC Worldwide Ltd., 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight creasing to the top corner of the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.
2nd printing. [First Published: 2000] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Maps;
From the cover: “The Spanish conquest of the Americas in the sixteenth century was one of the most cataclysmic events in history. Spanish expeditions had to endure the most unbelievable hardships to open up the lands of the New World. Few stories, if any, in history match these for sheer drama, endurance and distances covered.
In Conquistadors Michael Wood travels in the footsteps of some of the greatest of the Spanish adventurers, from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. He experiences first hand the reality of epic journeys, such as those made by Hernan Cortes, and Francisco and Gonzalo Pizarro, and explores the turbulent and terrifying events surrounding the Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires. He also retraces Orellana’s extraordinary voyage of discovery down the Amazon and Cabeza de Vaca’s journey across America to the Pacific.
As well as bringing history alive with evocative text and stunning pictures, Michael Wood grapples with the moral legacy of the European invasion. The stories in Conquistadors are not only of conquest, heroism and greed, but of changes in the way we see the world, in our view of history and civilization, justice and human rights.”