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By Right of Conquest

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

In perhaps the most audacious military enterprise in the history of human conquest, Cortez, with only a few hundred men, conquered a civilization of tens of thousands. This is the story of an Englishman who boards a merchant ship destined for the New World, but a shipwreck strands him in Pre-Columbian Mexico, and Roger must find a way to avoid becoming one of the many human sacrifices offered to the Aztec gods.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The roof was roughly thatched, and could, Roger thought, afford but a poor shelter in time of rain. He did not know that, except at the commencement of a storm, rain was of comparatively rare occurrence upon the coast.

Inside the house showed signs of comfort. There were some seats decorated with carving. A finely woven mat covered the floor. Arms and utensils hung from the walls.

Several of the natives, evidently persons of consideration in the village, followed the chief in. Some girls and women came in from an interior room, and saluted the stranger with the greatest respect. They examined him timidly, one of the younger girls touching his hand gently, as if to make sure that it was skin, and not some strange covering, that gave it its color.

Roger took off his jacket, which was by this time dry, and turned up the sleeve of his shirt. As he did so, a general exclamation of surprise and admiration broke from the natives at the whiteness of the sk. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very detailed account of Cortez' expedition, at times the level of detail was boring to me, but I'm sure it would be interesting to some. It seems that Henty, in choosing an English main character, was able to do a decent job of pointing out the complex motivations of the Spaniards, the Aztecs, and

Good but long chapters

The chapters were way to long.
But other than that it was good and I liked learning about the Aztecs and Cortez, how cortez fought and the history of it. It was really fun

Absolutely Horrifying!

It was ok. Typical Henty, with cool history and poor characters. There was finally a girl I liked in one of his books, but the main character dude didn't marry her and ended up marrying some lame Aztec princess, so the one time I rooted for a romance in a Henty it didn't come about. I did like the h

Much more history than the usual Henty book, although he was kinder to the Spanish than other books I've read.

Great adventure novel and on par with his best work. It is long but great to listen to.

Full of historical and cultural information, while keeping mostly clean in light of its content, 'By Right of Conquest' gives a balanced picture of Cortez and the Aztecs. Though it deals with horrifically violent events, they are written non-descriptively. The characters are easy to relate to and th

I enjoyed this book but it seemed really really long.

Cortez in about 1520 "invaded" Mexico with up to 400 soldiers and sailers - his goal was to march to Mexico City and both bring back gold and convert the heathens to be catholics. Initially the Aztecs (the ruling minority tribe of many in an alliance, but not all tribes) received them, but then thre

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