The Conquest of Mexico, free, the Whole Enchilada


An illustration of a native Mexican woman surrounded by cactus.


The entire text of Prescott’s “The History Of The Conquest Of Mexico” is available at the URL below as a single text file. Process this text file with text-to-speech software and you’ll have a very long, homemade audiobook.


Prescott’s observations might not please everyone….

“Cortes was not a vulgar conqueror. He did not conquer from the mere ambition of conquest. If he destroyed the ancient capital of the Aztecs, it was to build up a more magnificent capital on its ruins. If he desolated the land and broke up its existing institutions, he employed the short period of his administration in digesting schemes for introducing there a more improved culture and a higher civilisation.”