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Conquistadors

Written by: Michael Wood
Narrated by: John Telfer
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: History, Americas

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The Spanish conquest of the Americas in the sixteenth century was one of the most important and cataclysmic events in history. Spanish expeditions endured incredible hardships in order to open up the lands of the 'New World', and few stories in history can match these for drama and endurance.

In Conquistadors, Michael Wood follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest of the Spanish adventurers, travelling from the forests of Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, the deserts of North Mexico, the snow peaks of the Andes and the heights of Machu Picchu. He experiences the epic journeys of Cortes, Pizarro, Orellana and Cabeza de Vaca, and explores the turbulent and terrifying events surrounding the Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires.

©2000 Michael Wood (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 21-06-16

Brilliant submersion into the New World

Absolutely loved this book. Quotes from primary texts brilliant woven into the narrative with breathtaking effect. Really took you back to the time and place of both the Spanish and Native cultures. The end becomes slower paced but the change in tone is very poignant.

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  • Andy Allison
  • 22-06-15

A sad history of human nature

A well told but very sad narrative on the desolation of the indigenous peoples of the American continent.
Part of western history that's not told in great detail, probably due to guilt and embarrassment .
A gripping story.

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  • HellRazor
  • 21-01-20

Entertaining & immersive historical tale

A very good, eloquent, well-written popular history of the Spanish Conquest of the Americas.

Michael Wood has a knack for making his subject accessible without trivialising or dumbing it down in the process.

Breaths life into an area that occasionally can become tedious and dull if not sprinkled with a little spice from the novelist's art.

Could do without some of the moral conclusions, which ought to be left to the province if the reader. The only gripe about the work, other than I would have preferred a more expanded version.

The narration was excellent.