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Pedro Sancho's "Account of the Conquest of Peru" provides a comprehensive and captivating narrative of one of the most remarkable conquests in history. Through vivid descriptions, detailed accounts, and personal observations, Sancho offers readers a front-row seat to the dramatic events that unfolded during the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire.

The book begins by establishing the historical context of the conquest, providing a deeper understanding of the motivations and aspirations of the Spanish conquerors. Sancho's extensive research and meticulous attention to detail are evident throughout the text, as he paints a vivid picture of the social, political, and cultural landscape of both the Inca Empire and the Spanish expedition.

One of the book's key strengths is its balanced perspective. Sancho skillfully incorporates both the Spanish and Inca viewpoints, giving readers a comprehensive account of the conquest from multiple angles. He explores the complex dynamics between the conquerors and the conquered, shedding light on the tactics employed by both sides and the power plays that shaped the outcome of the conflict.

Sancho's writing style is engaging and accessible, making the book enjoyable for both serious scholars and general readers interested in the topic. His ability to recreate the emotions, struggles, and triumphs of the individuals involved in the conquest adds a human element that brings the narrative to life. From the awe-inspiring descriptions of Inca cities and their architectural splendor to the heart-wrenching accounts of the devastation caused by the conquest, Sancho skillfully navigates the emotional spectrum, leaving readers with a profound understanding of the magnitude of the events.

Furthermore, Sancho's work is well-supported by a variety of primary and secondary sources, ensuring the accuracy and credibility of the information provided. He seamlessly weaves together historical accounts, Inca testimonies, and archival documents, allowing readers to form a well-rounded perspective of the conquest.

While Sancho's "Account of the Conquest of Peru" is undoubtedly a substantial contribution to the existing literature on the topic, it should be noted that the book's length and level of detail may be overwhelming for some readers. However, those with a genuine interest in the subject will find the depth of analysis and wealth of information to be a valuable asset.

In conclusion, Pedro Sancho's "Account of the Conquest of Peru" is an engrossing and scholarly exploration of a significant chapter in history. His meticulous research, balanced perspective, and engaging writing style combine to create a compelling narrative that captivates readers from beginning to end. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the conquest of Peru or the broader topic of colonialism and empire-building.

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DOCUMENTS AND NARRATIVES CONCERNING THE DISCOVERY AND CONQUEST OF LATIN AMERICA

PUBLISHED BY THE CORTES SOCIETY NEW YORK

NUMBER TWO

Edition limited to 250 copies of which ten are on Kelmscott paper

This copy is Number

85

AN ACCOUNT OF THE CONQUEST OF PERU

WRITTEN BY PEDRO SANCHO

SECRETARY TO PIZARRO AND SCRIVENER TO HIS ARMY

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH AND ANNOTATED BY PHILIP AINSWORTH MEANS

THE CORTES SOCIETY NEW YORK 1917

COCKAYNE, BOSTON

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE

The work of Pedro Sancho is one of the most valuable accounts of the Spanish conquest of Peru that we possess. Nor is its value purely historical. The "RelaciĆ³n" of Sancho gives much interesting ethnological information relative to the Inca dominion at the time of its demolition. Errors Pedro Sancho has in plenty; but the editor has striven to counteract them by footnotes.

In every instance the translator has preserved Pedro Sancho's spelling of proper names, calling attention to the modern equivalent on the first occurrence of each name... Continue reading book >>




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