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Bernal Díaz del Castillo’ s The True History of the Conquest of New Spain is one of the foundational works for piecing together and understanding the initial Spanish encounter with the mainland of the Americas and its peoples. This chronicle has served as one of the principal resources for most scholars striving to provide a narrative of the events to which we refer as the conquest of Mexico. Below is an excerpt from his narrative, a meeting between Hernan Cortes, the leader of Spanish expedition to Aztecs and Montezuma the Emperor of the Aztecs. The next day Cortés decided to go to Montezuma’s palace, but first he sent to find out what he was doing and to let him know we were coming. He brought with him four captains, Pedro de Alvarado, Juan Velázquez de León, Diego de Ordaz, and Gonzalo de Sandoval, and also five of us soldiers went. When Montezuma learned we were coming, he came out to the middle of the hall to receive us, accompanied by many of his nephews, because other lords neither entered where Montezuma was nor communicated with him if it was not for important business. Showing great respect to Cortés and Cortés to him, they took each other by the hand, and where his dais was, Montezuma had Cortés sit at his right hand and had us all sit in seats that he ordered brought there. Cortés began to make a speech through our interpreters, doña Marina and Aguilar, saying that he and all of us were rested and now that he has come to see and speak to so great a lord as Montezuma, he has completed the journey and fulfilled the command that our great king and lord ordered. But most of what he had come to tell him on behalf of Our Lord God is what Montezuma has already heard from his ambassadors Tendile,
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