The Conquistador (Book published November 25, 2001)


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Author  John Pohl
Publisher  Osprey Publishing
Publication Date   November 25, 2001
ISBN  1841761753
Pages  64

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Many accounts portray the conquest of the New World as a remarkable military achievement, with Cort├ęs' vastly outnumbered but better armed Spaniards defeating hordes of superstitious savages. However, the reality of these events is far more complex and no less significant. The first Conquistadors who had sailed in search of prosperity, inspired by dreams of unlimited riches, soon became disillusioned and restless. With disease rampant, resources exhausted, and the Caribbean populations dwindling, they had little alternative but to find new territories and peoples to exploit. This title shows how, bolstered by influxes of war-hardened veterans from Europe and an army of over 30,000 allied Indian troops, they came to rely on and perfect what they knew best - killing for profit, and without mercy.

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