I, BERNAL DiAZ DEL CASTILLO, citizen and Regidor of the moSt loyal city of Santiago de Guatemala, one of the firSt discoverers and conquerors of New Spain and its provinces, and the Cape of Honduras and all that lies within that land, a Native of the very noble and diStinguished town of Medina del Campo, and the son of its former Regidor, Francisco Diaz del CaStillo, who was also called" The graceful" (may his soul reSt in glory), speak about that which concerns myself and all the true conquerors my companions who served His MajeSty by discovering, conquering, pacifying, and settling moSt of the provinces of New Spain, and that it is one of the beSt countries yet dtscovered in the New World, we found out by our own efforts without His MajeSty knowing anything about it.