The History of the Conquest of Mexico, by William Hickling Prescott

Table of Contents

BOOK I: INTRODUCTION: View of the Aztec Civilisation

  1. ANCIENT MEXICO— ITS CLIMATE AND ITS PRODUCTS— ITS PRIMITIVE RACES— AZTEC EMPIRE
  2. SUCCESSION TO THE CROWN— AZTEC NOBILITY— JUDICIAL SYSTEM— LAWS AND REVENUES— MILITARY INSTITUTIONS
  3. MEXICAN MYTHOLOGY— THE SACERDOTAL ORDER— THE TEMPLES— HUMAN SACRIFICES
  4. AZTEC HIEROGLYPHICS— MANUSCRIPTS— ARITHMETIC— CHRONOLOGY— ASTRONOMY
  5. AGRICULTURE— THE MECHANICAL ARTS— MERCHANTS— DOMESTIC MANNERS
  6. THE TEZCUCANS— THEIR GOLDEN AGE— ACCOMPLISHED PRINCES— DECLINE OF THEIR MONARCHY

BOOK II: Discovery of Mexico

  1. SPAIN UNDER CHARLES V— PROGRESS OF DISCOVERY— COLONIAL POLICY— CONQUEST OF CUBA— EXPEDITIONS TO YUCATAN
  2. HERNANDO CORTES— HIS EARLY LIFE— VISITS THE NEW WORLD— HIS RESIDENCE IN CUBA— DIFFICULTIES WITH VELASQUEZ— ARMADA INTRUSTED TO CORTES
  3. JEALOUSY OF VELASQUEZ— CORTES EMBARKS— EQUIPMENT OF HIS FLEET— HIS PERSON AND CHARACTER— RENDEZVOUS AT HAVANA— STRENGTH OF HIS ARMAMENT
  4. VOYAGE TO COZUMEL— CONVERSION OF THE NATIVES— JERONIMO DE AGUILAR— ARMY ARRIVES AT TABASCO— GREAT BATTLE WITH THE INDIANS— CHRISTIANITY INTRODUCED
  5. VOYAGE ALONG THE COAST— DONA MARINA— SPANIARDS LAND IN MEXICO— INTERVIEW WITH THE AZTECS
  6. ACCOUNT OF MONTEZUMA— STATE OF HIS EMPIRE— STRANGE PROGNOSTICS— EMBASSY AND PRESENTS— SPANISH ENCAMPMENT
  7. TROUBLES IN THE CAMP— PLAN FOR A COLONY— MANAGEMENT OF CORTES— MARCH TO CEMPOALLA— PROCEEDINGS WITH THE NATIVES— FOUNDATION OF VILLA RICA DE VERA CRUZ
  8. ANOTHER AZTEC EMBASSY— DESTRUCTION OF IDOLS— DESPATCHES SENT TO SPAIN— CONSPIRACY IN THE CAMP— THE FLEET SUNK

BOOK III: March to Mexico

  1. PROCEEDINGS AT CEMPOALLA— THE SPANIARDS CLIMB THE TABLELAND— TRANSACTIONS WITH THE NATIVES— EMBASSY TO TLASCALA
  2. REPUBLIC OF TLASCALA— ITS INSTITUTIONS— ITS EARLY HISTORY— THE DISCUSSIONS IN THE SENATE— DESPERATE BATTLES
  3. DECISIVE VICTORY— INDIAN COUNCIL— NIGHT ATTACK— NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE ENEMY— TLASCALAN HERO
  4. DISCONTENTS IN THE ARMY— TLASCALAN SPIES— PEACE WITH THE REPUBLIC— EMBASSY FROM MONTEZUMA
  5. SPANIARDS ENTER TLASCALA— A DESCRIPTION OF THE CAPITAL— ATTEMPTED CONVERSION— AZTEC EMBASSY— INVITED TO CHOLULA
  6. CITY OF CHOLULA— GREAT TEMPLE— MARCH TO CHOLULA— RECEPTION ACCORDED THE SPANIARDS— CONSPIRACY DETECTED
  7. TERRIBLE MASSACRE— TRANQUILLITY RESTORED— REFLECTIONS ON THE MASSACRE— FURTHER PROCEEDINGS— ENVOYS FROM MONTEZUMA
  8. MARCH RESUMED— VALLEY OF MEXICO— IMPRESSION ON THE SPANIARDS— CONDUCT OF MONTEZUMA— THEY DESCEND INTO THE VALLEY
  9. ENVIRONS OF MEXICO— INTERVIEW WITH MONTEZUMA— ENTRANCE INTO THE CAPITAL— HOSPITABLE RECEPTION— VISIT TO THE EMPEROR

BOOK IV: Residence in Mexico

  1. TEZCUCAN LAKE— DESCRIPTION OF THE CAPITAL— PALACES AND MUSEUMS— ROYAL HOUSEHOLD— MONTEZUMA’S WAY OF LIFE
  2. MARKET OF MEXICO— GREAT TEMPLE— INTERIOR SANCTUARIES— SPANISH QUARTERS
  3. ANXIETY OF CORTES— SEIZURE OF MONTEZUMA— HIS TREATMENT BY THE SPANIARDS— EXECUTION OF HIS OFFICERS— MONTEZUMA IN IRONS— REFLECTIONS
  4. MONTEZUMA’S DEPORTMENT— HIS LIFE IN THE SPANISH QUARTERS— MEDITATED INSURRECTION— LORD OF TEZCUCO SEIZED— FURTHER MEASURES OF CORTES
  5. MONTEZUMA SWEARS ALLEGIANCE TO SPAIN— ROYAL TREASURES— THEIR DIVISION— CHRISTIAN WORSHIP IN THE TEOCALLI— DISCONTENTS OF THE AZTECS
  6. FATE OF CORTES’ EMISSARIES— PROCEEDINGS IN THE CASTILIAN COURT— PREPARATIONS OF VELASQUEZ— NARVAEZ LANDS IN MEXICO— POLITIC CONDUCT OF CORTES— HE LEAVES THE CAPITAL
  7. CORTES DESCENDS FROM THE TABLELAND— NEGOTIATES WITH NARVAEZ— PREPARES TO ASSAULT HIM— QUARTERS OF NARVAEZ— ATTACKED BY NIGHT— NARVAEZ DEFEATED
  8. DISCONTENT OF THE TROOPS— INSURRECTION IN THE CAPITAL— RETURN OF CORTES— GENERAL SIGNS OF HOSTILITY— MASSACRE BY ALVARADO— RISING OF THE AZTECS

BOOK V: Expulsion from Mexico

  1. DESPERATE ASSAULT ON THE QUARTERS— FURY OF THE MEXICANS— SALLY OF THE SPANIARDS— MONTEZUMA ADDRESSES THE PEOPLE— DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED
  2. STORMING OF THE GREAT TEMPLE— SPIRIT OF THE AZTECS— DISTRESSES OF THE GARRISON— SHARP COMBATS IN THE CITY— DEATH OF MONTEZUMA
  3. COUNCIL OF WAR— SPANIARDS EVACUATE THE CITY— NOCHE TRISTE, OR “THE MELANCHOLY NIGHT” — TERRIBLE SLAUGHTER— HALT FOR THE NIGHT— AMOUNT OF LOSSES
  4. THE SPANIARDS RETREAT— DISTRESSES OF THE ARMY— GREAT BATTLE OF OTUMBA
  5. ARRIVAL IN TLASCALA— FRIENDLY RECEPTION— DISCONTENTS OF THE ARMY— JEALOUSY OF THE TLASCALANS— EMBASSY FROM MEXICO
  6. WAR WITH THE SURROUNDING TRIBES— SUCCESSES OF THE SPANIARDS— DEATH OF MAXIXCA— ARRIVAL OF REINFORCEMENTS— RETURN IN TRIUMPH TO TLASCALA
  7. GUATEMOZIN, NEW EMPEROR OF THE AZTECS— PREPARATIONS FOR THE MARCH— MILITARY CODE— SPANIARDS CROSS THE SIERRA— ENTER TEZCUCO— PRINCE IXTLILXOCHITL

BOOK VI: Siege and Surrender of Mexico

  1. ARRANGEMENTS AT TEZCUCO— SACK OF IZTAPALAPAN— ADVANTAGES OF THE SPANIARDS— WISE POLICY OF CORTES— TRANSPORTATION OF THE BRIGANTINES
  2. CORTES RECONNOITRES THE CAPITAL— OCCUPIES TACUBA— SKIRMISHES WITH THE ENEMY— EXPEDITION OF SANDOVAL— ARRIVAL OF REINFORCEMENTS
  3. SECOND RECONNOITRING EXPEDITION— THE CAPTURE OF CUERNAVACA— BATTLES AT XOCHIMILCO— NARROW ESCAPE OF CORTES— HE ENTERS TACUBA
  4. CONSPIRACY IN THE ARMY— BRIGANTINES LAUNCHED— MUSTER OF FORCES— EXECUTION OF XICOTENCATL— MARCH OF THE ARMY— BEGINNING OF THE SIEGE
  5. INDIAN FLOTILLA DEFEATED— THE CAUSEWAYS OCCUPIED— DESPERATE ASSAULTS— FIRING OF THE PALACES— SPIRIT OF THE BESIEGED— BARRACKS FOR THE TROOPS
  6. GENERAL ASSAULT ON THE CITY— DEFEAT OF THE SPANIARDS— THEIR DISASTROUS CONDITION— SACRIFICE OF THE CAPTIVES— DEFECTION OF THE ALLIES— CONSTANCY OF THE TROOPS
  7. SUCCESS OF THE SPANIARDS— FRUITLESS OFFERS TO GUATEMOZIN— BUILDINGS RAZED TO THE GROUND— TERRIBLE FAMINE— THE TROOPS GAIN THE MARKET— PLACE
  8. DREADFUL SUFFERINGS OF THE BESIEGED— SPIRIT OF GUATEMOZIN— MURDEROUS ASSAULT— CAPTURE OF GUATEMOZIN— TERMINATION OF THE SIEGE— REFLECTIONS

BOOK VII: CONCLUSION: Subsequent Career of Cortes

  1. TORTURE OF GUATEMOZIN— SUBMISSION OF THE COUNTRY— REBUILDING OF THE CAPITAL— MISSION TO CASTILE— COMPLAINTS AGAINST CORTES— HE IS CONFIRMED IN HIS AUTHORITY
  2. MODERN MEXICO— SETTLEMENT OF THE COUNTRY— CONDITION OF THE NATIVES— CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES— CULTIVATION OF THE SOIL— VOYAGES AND EXPEDITIONS
  3. DEFECTION OF OLID— DREADFUL MARCH TO HONDURAS— EXECUTION OF GUATEMOZIN— DONA MARINA— ARRIVAL AT HONDURAS
  4. DISTURBANCES IN MEXICO— RETURN OF CORTES— DISTRUST OF THE COURT— HIS RETURN TO SPAIN— DEATH OF SANDOVAL— BRILLIANT RECEPTION OF CORTES— HONOURS CONFERRED ON HIM
  5. CORTES REVISITS MEXICO— RETIRES TO HIS ESTATES— HIS VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY— FINAL RETURN TO CASTILE— COLD RECEPTION— DEATH OF CORTES— HIS CHARACTER

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