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López de Gómara, Francisco
Historia de México, con el descubrimiento de la Nueva España, conquistada por el muy illustre y valeroso Principe don Fernando Cortes, Marques del Valle, Escrita por Francisco Lopez de Gomara, clerigo. Añadiose de la nuevo descripcion y traça de todas las Indias The first history of México printed
Antwerp: Iuan Steelsio, 1554. First edition of this title, and the first separately issued history of Mexico, "the first history of Mexico printed" (Wagner); the first edition of this work appeared in Zaragoza in 1552, this is the eight in total, printed only two years after the impossibly rare first. "[A]lmost all historians and bibliographers assert that when this work appeared, it was suppressed" (Wagner, Vol. 1, p. 81).The Historia de Mexico, here offered, is dedicated almost solely to Mexico, Cortes´ life, his voyages and expedition to Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Honduras, and the conquest of Mexico. Furthermore it includes valuable details on the life in America, native languages, ethnographical material, and as Wagner notes, is of exceptional importance for the history of California and the Southwest: records Cortés' expeditions to the western coast; the discovery and naming of California; Ulloa's voyages along the coast of Upper California; the preliminary journey to Cibola of Fray Marcos de Niza; and the expedition to the fabled Seven Cities by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado. "Including the expeditions of Cortés in 1535, Francisco de Ulloa in 1539, and Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542" (Mathes). "It is generally stated that Gómara's object was to recount the feats of Cortés, in whose employ he is said to have been for some time; but it is forgotten that he also composed a history of conquest of Peru, which Cortés had nothing to do. As a matter of fact, the book is a general account of the conquest of Peru and Mexico and was the first history of Mexico printed" (Wagner, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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