Aztecs and Spaniards (Atheneum, 1986)

Aztecs and Spaniards: Cortes and the Conquest of Mexico

Albert Marrin

Cortes had left his home in Spain’s poorest region to seek his fortune in the New World, where rumors of golden cities lured Spaniards of all classes. From the tale of Cortes’ march to Tenochtitlan, through the last Aztec uprising and its Night of Tears, to the final fall of the Aztec Empire, there is drama and action that details ordinary life and war, and provides the reader with many fascinating sidelights to history.


In riveting fashion, Marrin describes the rise and fall of the Aztecs and brings clearly into focus the actions of Cortes and the Spanish conquistadores... This is an excellent choice for students who don’t think they like nonfiction... Marrin’s book as the same page turning drama, action and full-bodied characters found in the best fiction; it is impossible not to be caught up in it.


Albert Marrin has written the grim history of the defeat of the Aztecs in a compelling work that reads like a novel while providing all the dates, people, places, and details necessary for a reference book.

—The Horn Book Magazine