Bernal Díaz del Castillo

   Bernal Díaz del Castillo was a Spanísh soldier and author. Born Medina del Campo, Spain, about 1492. Died Guatemala, about 1581.
   Díaz's monumental work, The True History of the Conquest of New Spain (Historia verdadera de la con­quista de la Nueva España, 1632), is a firsthand account of the conquest of Mexico from 1514 to 1568. In a fresh, natural way, Díaz described both great events and the daily life of the common soldier.
   Díaz participated in several military campaigns in the New World and from 1519 to 1521 was with Hernando Cortez in the conquest of Mexico. Late in life, Díaz settled in Guatemala.