Baudot, Georges. Utopia and History in Mexico: The First Chronicles of Mexican Civilization (1520-1569). University Press of Colorado: 1995. Baudot provides close readings of chronicles of the Franciscan missionaries who produced the first anthropological and religious reflections on native Mexican Society.
Columbus, Christopher. The Diario of Christopher Columbus' First Voyage to America, 1492-1493. Edited and translated by Oliver Dunn and James E Kelley. University of Oklahoma: 1989. This text is the largest published fragment of Columbus' first voyage, as abstracted by Bartolome de Las Casos. The text has Spanish transcriptions on the left-hand pages along with English translations on the right. The text chronicles Columbus' famed discovery of the American continent. Its diary form makes it particularly readable and informative.
Lockhart, James. The Nahuas After the Conquest. Stanford University Press: Stanford, California, 1992. This book provides a social and cultural history of the Indians of Central Mexico from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.
Mackenthun, Gesa. Metaphors of Dispossession: American Beginnings and Translation of Empire. University of Oklahoma Press: 1997. The author argues that the colonization of America has become a text (implying fictionalized), but it none-the-less refers to a real event. Native voices have been marginalized or used strategically by European propagandists seeking justification of Native slaughter. Author uses diaries and other primary texts to support her argument.
Muldoon, James. The Americas in the Spanish World Order: The Justification for Conquest in the Seventeenth Century. University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 1994. This book focuses on the legal aspects of the Spanish Conquest. Chapters focus on Spanish endeavors to civilize the barbarian, the mechanics of political evolution, the theory of papal power, and the history of papal-royal relations.
Saver, Carl Ortwin. New World Encounters. University of California Press: 1993. Presents the Native experience of the Spanish Conquest by tapping into the resources of a variety of scholarly disciplines including art history, anthropology, and literary criticism. Contains examples of Native American art and poetry before and after the Spanish Conquest.
"The Spanish Conquest." Mckay, Hill, and Buckler. A History of World Societies. Houghton Mifflin Company: Toronto, 1992. http://www.westering.dial.pipex.com/incas/conquest.shtmlhtop This website contains a basic overview of the Spanish conquest with specific section on such topics as conquistadors, the Aztecs, and the Incas civilizations.
Stannard, David E. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World. Oxford University Press: 1992. Stannard starts with a portrait of the vast richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus's fateful voyage in 1492.