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Women in the Conquest of the Americas

Translated from Spanish by John F. Deredita

Juan Francisco Maura

The erroneous idea that the «conquistadors» came to the New World without female company has been perpetuated even to our day. This book dispels this myth by demonstrating, through the use of texts and documents of the conquest, how crucial the presence of women was in the enterprise of the Americas. Women had never before had to overcome such physical difficulties as those encountered in this period of world history.