Course: The Conquest of New Spain - the Story of the Conquest of Mexico by Hernando Cortez

Course description:

In this course, the study will read the incredible story of the accomplishments of the great Hernando Cortez, who for the glory of God and his Spanish king conquered the pagan and cannibalistic Aztec empire of Mexico in the early 1500’s.  Cortez did so with only several hundred men (and relatively few Indian allies), defeating hundreds of thousands of Aztec warriors in hand to hand combat.  The story is told by Bernal Diaz, one of the soldiers participating in the battles, as well as Cortez's official biographer. 

His leadership along with the courage and stamina of his men contributed to the accomplishment of the Catholic country of Mexico, as well as providing a safe base from which to convert much of the Americas to Catholicism. While millions of souls and whole countries were being lost from the Church in Europe (due to Luther and other heretics), Cortez’s heroic feat compensated the Church by the conversion of numerous souls in the New World.

There is violence and bloodshed in the book, including some description of the brutal Aztec human sacrifices.

Course fee:

$ 25

Course Length (in weeks):


Book(s) used:

Textbook: The Conquest of New Spain


Author: Bernal Diaz Del Castillo


Publisher's Description:


ISBN: 9780140441239

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