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The Conquistador: 1492-1550 (Warrior, Band 40) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

John Pohl , Adam Hook

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25. November 2001 Warrior (Buch 40)
Many accounts portray the conquest of the New World as a remarkable military achievement, with Cortés' 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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The Conquest of Mexico is a legendary chapter in the annals of military history. Accounts vary, but all portray the fall of the Aztec Empire as a super-human feat achieved against hordes of superstitious savages by only a few hundred Spaniards armed with superior weaponry and guided by the military genius of Cortes. Nevertheless, as heroic as this legend has been portrayed in popular writing, the reality of those events is even more astounding. This volume explodes the myth of the Conquest of the New World by examining what factors led to the emergence of the Spanish citizen-soldier as the most effective killer Europe had seen since the Roman legionnaire. The author seeks to shed light on Cortes and his highly-trained men, as well as their finely-tuned killing methods. He examines how the machine of war had evolved so far that a new campaign almost had to be found to keep the hordes of soldiers occupied. The volume also gives a "soldier's eye view" of the Conquest, through the story of one of the many foot soldiers, who felt compelled to write down his experiences in later years.

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John Pohl is a research archaeologist at UCLA. He is an eminent authority on American Indian civilizations and has directed numerous archaeological excavations in Mexico, Central America, Canada, and the United States. He has published extensively on subjects ranging from human origins to the rise of the Aztec empire and specializes in the decipherement of ancient pictographic writing systems.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Conquistadors 5. Dezember 2007
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This book is an unrivalled source on the appearance, weapons, backgrounds, and experiences of the brutal Spanish veterans who brought several great American Empires to their knees in the 16th Century.

The author, John Pohl, has already written several titles for Osprey on the subject of Mexican-Conquistador warfare, and has extensive experience in the study of American civilizations from Canada to Central America. The illustrator, Adam Hook, is also known for his knowledge of the 'Indians' and their material culture and appearances, and is well established with his father and sister as one of Osprey's best artists.

The Conquistador era began in 1492. In that year, Columbus famously 'discovered' the New World while Ferdinand and Isabella were taking the surrender of Moorish-held Granada and cruelly expelling all the Jews, Moors, and other ethnic and religious minorities from Spain. The very aura of the time was one of warfare, intolerance, and greed, and would soon spread into the Americas. As early as 1493, the Spanish explorers had made leathal enemies amongst the natives for their cruel, drunken, and lustful behavior. In the end, however, the superior fighting styles, politics, and brutality of the Spaniards would win. By 1547, when Hernando Cortez died, the Spaniards had conquered the New World and many of its tribes and kingdoms from New Mexico to Peru, and had campaigned against some of the same tribes the Americans would fight in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

The Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 1520's is understandably the focus of a good chunk of the 64 page book. The success the Spaniards had against the formidable Mexicans ('Aztecs') can be attributed to many factors-though firearms are not one of them. The highly chivalrous and ritualistic military methods of the Indians against the professional brutality of the Europeans was definitely a factor, though superior training, fencing skills, Indian superstition and disunity, and maybe even luck all played their roles as well-oh, and let's not forget Cortez's army of at least 150,000 Indian allies!

The book follows the usual Warrior format-chronology, recruitment, organization, training, tactics, clothing/armor/weapons, diplomacy, campaigning, experience of battle, and a conclusion based on the last years of the Conquistadors. The book follows the experiences of a hypothetical Conquistador called Miguel, and at times reads almost like a novel. Overall, the text is an excellent source on the Conquistadors and is really a decent source for the elite of all the contemporary European armies.

The plates add lots of color to the book. Along with four spirited depictions of battle with Indian tribesmen, they also flesh out the appearance and gear of the Conquistadors along with their priests, women, and Indian allies.

In short this book is one of the best on this small but tenacious group of merciless killers-and the equally brutal Mexican Empire they toppled.
4.0 von 5 Sternen I find it pretty appaling how the book describes the massacres of the ... 16. Oktober 2014
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Very intriguing, I find it pretty appaling how the book describes the massacres of the natives in the Western Hemisphere, definetly shouldn't give historical credence to them, like with Cordoba and de Leon, de Onate and Columbus are given credence in the USA depite their crimes against humanity.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Conquistador 11. April 2009
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Excellent narrative of the conquest of the Aztec empire by the Spaniards. The detail of the exposition allows the reader to understand the cunning work done by Cortes and its troops and the alliances they made with the Tlaxcaltecs and other surrounding tribes to overthrow the Aztecs.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A foundation text for my writing 26. November 2012
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I bought this book for one purpose - reference material for a fiction YA story I am writing. It was amazingly concise with its descriptions, and the images taken from historical publications are just amazing. The Spaniards are romanticized throughout history as being explorers - the local history books in New Mexico make them out to be thugs - this Osprey book shows they were a little of both. The life of a foot soldier was trying on even the best days, and the rich members, one's worthy of being called "Conquistadore," lived off the misery of others.

Book is short, sweet, and heavy on illustrations. If you've purchased Osprey before, you know what to expect.
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