I recently bought a book by the title of “Who is Who of the Conquistadors”. It is packed with the names of over 2000 conquistadors that came to Mexico between 1519 and 1521. This book is invaluable for anyone researching the History of Mexico and definitely for anyone researching their ancestors.
The author, Hugh Thomas, made a short biography almost for every conquistador and when available he writes the names of the parents and or whom they married.
So far I have yet to search all of the names of my ancestors that lived around that time to see if they come out. One that I knew might be listed was my 16th great grandfather Alonso de Estrada.
In his short biography, the author includes the name of his wife Maria Gutierrez Flores de la Caballeria and goes on to also include the names of his children and whom they married.
Cover of Book, Who is Who of the Conquistadors:
Description of the book Who is Who of the Conquistadors:
Until recently, only a few leaders were well known among the Spanish warriors who brutally subjugated the Mayan and Aztec empires of Mexico. Now over 2,000 biographies shed dramatic new light on the conquistadors who made 1519-1521 the bloodiest two-year period in the Western Hemisphere. The world’s leading authority on the subject tells who they were, what roles they played, their histories, backgrounds, and relationships, based on previously unpublished material in both Mexico and Spain. – Amazon.com
Table of Contents of book Who is Who of the Conquistadors:
Here is the table of contents of this book so that you may know exactly what it contains.
1. Conquistadors who went to New Spain in the expedition of Hernan Cortes in March 1519
2. Conquistadors who reached New Spain from Cuba with Francisco de Salcedo (Saucedo) c. July 1519
3. Conquistadors who reached New Spain in the fleets of Francisco de Garray
4. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Martin de Calahorra
5. Conquistadors who reached New Spain with Panfilo de Navarez in April 1520
6. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Hernando de Medel
7. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Pedro Barba
8. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Rodrigo Mejoron de Lobera
9. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Juan de Najera
10. The Vessel of Francisco de Rosales
11. The Vessel of Antonio de Carmona
12. The vessel of Francisco de Saavedra
13. The ship of Juan de Cordoba and Luis Fernandez de Alfaro
14. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Juan Suarez
15. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Julian de Adereta, Thanks to Rodrigo de Bastidas
16. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Juan de Burgos
17. Conquistadors who went to New Spain with Juan Ponce de Leon
18. Persons whose moment of departure for the conquest has not yet been ascertained
19. Persons of indirect interest for the conquest of Mexico who were not directly involved in the campaign
21. Important hearings about the conquest at the time or soon after
22. Unpublished testimonies of Hernan Cortez
This book contains a list of bibliographies used by the author and also an index that will let you find anyone very fast.
About the Author of Who is Who of the Conquistadors:
Hugh Thomas has written numerous histories on the Spanish speaking world, including The Spanish Civil War, for which he won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1962, Cuba or the Pursuit of Freedom, The Conquest of Mexico and The Slave Trade. His book The Unfinished History of the World won the first National Book Award for History in 1980. Hugh Thomas was chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies 1979-89 and was awarded a peerage as Lord Thomas of Swynnerton in 1981. – Amazon.com
Get Your Copy of Who is Who of the Conquistadors:
At the moment of writing this the only place that I could find it was at Amazon.com and was selling starting at $43.00 used and $81.39 new. If you are interested in buying this book click here BUY NOW to buy from Amazon.
In the comment area let me know that names of the ancestors that you find within the pages of this book.