BERNAL DiAZ DEL CASTILLO was born in the very noble, famous, and celebrated town 1 of Medina del Campo in the year 1492 at the very time when Christopher Columbus was joining the two worlds.

Bernal tells us that at the time that he made up his mind to come to New Spain, about the year 1517, he was a youth "of about twenty-four years", a statement which corroborates the date of his birth.