The Horses of the Conquest
Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1949. 1st American Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. Illustrated by J. Craig Sheppard. B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Good dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. There is some beginning bumping to the spine ends of the boko covers. The text pages are clean and bright. Illustrated throughout by J. Craig Sheppard. The dust jacket has edge tears, nicks, rubbing and loss of color to spots. The spine and rear panel has patches of toning. "The Purebred Spanish Horse was mentioned in the writings of Homer and Xenophon. He was the war horse of the Carthaginians, Romans, Moors and Conquistadors of Mexico. This horse's bloodlines founded the American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Cleveland Bay, Connemara and many others. Mounted on these Spanish Andalusians, like Cid Campeador's (El Cid's) Babieca, the Christian horsemen battled against the Arabs in the Reconquest. The Conquistadors on their Spanish Horses were seen as Centaurs, so at one were they with their horses during the conquest of Mexico and Peru. In 1523 Cortes sent Cristobal Olid with … four hundred Spaniards and thirty horses, to the distant coast of Honduras…Olid emancipated himself from the authority of Cortes…. Cortes left Mexico on October 12, 1524, intending to go to Espiritu Santo, on the Cuauhtzacualco. He had two hundred and fifty Spaniards, half of whom were mounted [125 horses ridden] … He reached Tisatepetitlan…and then went on to Teoticcac-Palenque. …to Itzancanac…Cortes was ready to continue his march to Honduras. A horse, which had become useless, had to be left behind in these maize plantations on the south shore, and this trivial incident later furnished the Spanish "historians" with so much entertaining material…After surmounting great difficulties and crossing steep mountains and losing half his horses [now down to 62 or so], Cortes finally reached Nito where he fell in with Gil Gonzalo de Avila and a small Spanish detachment." (Andalusian Horse Articles). Very Good+ in Good dust jacket .
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Keywords: Horses R. B.cunninghame Graham Robert Moorman Denhardt J.craig Sheppard Animals Nature Conquistadors Andalusian Horses Horses