A Hero for the Americas: The Legend of Gonzalo Guerrero (Paperback)

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A group of shipwrecked Spaniards washed onto the coast of the Yucat n Peninsula in 1512, leading to first contact between the Spanish and the Maya. Two men survived the ordeal: Jer nimo de Aguilar, who became a translator for Hern n Cort's in his conquest of the Aztecs, and Gonzalo Guerrero, who, as legend has it, embraced the Mayan way of life and skillfully led the opposition to the Spanish take-over of the Yucat n.

Reviled in 16th-century Spain as an apostate and a traitor, Guerrero is today remembered all over the Yucat n with statues and images, and as the symbolic father of millions of Mexican mestizos. But like Robin Hood and King Arthur, Guerrero's story has become embellished by legend and myth. The product of fifteen years of research by a Governor General's Award winner, A Hero for the Americas is the first comprehensive investigation of this controversial figure.

About the Author


Robert Calder is an award-winning author of four books including Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Calder lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780889775091
ISBN-10: 0889775095
Publisher: University of Regina Press
Publication Date: November 4th, 2017
Pages: 208
Language: English