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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
 

House of Bernal Díaz del Castillo

 
 
Bernal Díaz del Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 27, 2015
1. Bernal Díaz del Castillo Marker
Inscription.
Aqui estuvo ubicada la casa
donde vivio y escribio
el celebre soldado historiador
heroe de la conquista de
Mexico y Guatemala
Bernal Diaz de Castillo
autor de la
Verdadera Historia
de la Conquista de
Nueva España

English translation:
Here was located the house of
Bernal Diaz de Castillo,
the famous soldier-historian and hero of the conquest of Mexico and Guatemala. He wrote the True History of the Conquest of New Spain.

 
Erected 1943.
 
Location. 14° 33.447′ N, 90° 44.162′ W. Marker is in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez. Marker is at the intersection of 4a Calle Poniente and 7a Avenida Norte, on the left when traveling east on 4a Calle Poniente. Click for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tribute to Ana Guerra de Jesus (within shouting distance of this marker); Signers of the Act of December 25, 1919 (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); First Printing Press in Central America (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Sculptor Quirio Cataño (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Fountain of Antigua's Central Park
Bernal Díaz del Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 27, 2015
2. Bernal Díaz del Castillo Marker
(approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Rafael Landívar (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Adrian Recinos Born in this House (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); California Avocado Society Thanks Guatemala (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Antigua Guatemala.
 
Regarding House of Bernal Díaz del Castillo. Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492 to 1496? – 1584) was a Spanish conquistador, who participated as a common soldier in the conquest of Mexico and Guatemala with Hernán Cortés and Pedro Alvarado. As a soldier of fortune, he participated in expeditions to Cuba and then to the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico before joining Cortés. In his later years he was an encomendero and governor in Guatemala where he wrote his memoirs called "The True History of the Conquest of New Spain". Some of the most reliable information we have about Doña Marina, the slave girl who served as a trilingual interpreter for Cortés, later known in legends as "La Malinche", is found in his book. He began his account of the conquest almost thirty years after the actual events (ca. 1550s with the events starting back in 1510-1530). He later revised and expanded it in response to an
Previous location of the House of Bernal Díaz del Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 27, 2015
3. Previous location of the House of Bernal Díaz del Castillo Marker
Now the ruins of the Church of the Jesuits and used as a training center for colonial reconstruction sponsored by the Spanish Cooperation (Cooperación Española). The marker is far down on the left side of the ruins.
account published by Cortés's chaplain Francisco López de Gómara, which Diaz Castillo considered to be largely inaccurate in that it did not give due recognition to the efforts and sacrifices of the common soldiers.

The marker is mounted on the previous location of a house were Diaz Castillo lived, but is now found along the southern wall of the ruins of the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jésus (Church of the Jesuits). This church was constructed in 1626, although the adjoining Jesuit school was finished in 1582. The Jesuits were expelled from Guatemala in 1767 and the church severely damaged in the earthquake of 1773.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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