The Conquistador who became a Mayan war chief

The great thing about history is how weird it can be; how the most unlikely story can turn out to be true. I just released a book based on one of the strangest true stories you are ever likely to hear; the story of Gonzalo Guerrero. Guerrero was shipwrecked on the coast of the Yucatan in 1511 and captured by the Maya, and struggled to survive and avoid the sacrificial stone.


After a hazardous struggle to survive in this bizarre and bloody new land, he became a Mayan warrior and married a Mayan woman, the beautiful and clever Zazil Ha. But several years later, other Spaniards arrived bent on conquest, and Guerrero was forced to choose between his new family and the land of his birth. Where does his loyalty lie; to his relatives and family in Spain, or to his Mayan wife and her people, now facing death or enslavement at the hands of the Conquistadors? If he abandons Zazil Ha and returns to the Spaniards, he will be treated as a hero; if he remains, he will become a renegade.
He made his choice….and made history.
Based on the true story, The Confessions of Gonzalo Guerrero plunges the reader into the dangerous and alien world of the Maya, and the tragic story of the Spanish conquest; a struggle between two worlds that only one could survive.The Confessions of Gonzalo Guerrero is written from Guerrero’s point of view and answers questions about him that have been asked for centuries. Here is the link.

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Update: Here is a review from

and here is the video trailer

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5 Responses to The Conquistador who became a Mayan war chief

  1. Hi, I’d like to know the reasons of your interest about the figure of Gonzalo Guerrero. Do you see him as an “american hero” or are you fascinated by the “clash of civilizations”?
    P.S.: I didn’t read your book yet, only the presentation and some of the excerpts. For sure, I’ll buy it.

    • johnreisinger says:

      Buon Giorno! I heard the story on a trip to Cancun and Chichen Itza, then researched further. Mexicans, especially Mestizos, view him as a hero and founder of the mixed race people of Mexico. I view him as a “reluctant hero” who resisted the invasion of the Spaniards to protect his Mayan family. He was forced to choose between the country of his birth and his new wife and children. The clash of civilizations is a constant theme in the book as well. (At one point, Guerrero says Mayan music sounds like an orchestra falling down a flight of stairs.) To some extent, the clash is still going on. The Mayans revolted in 1847 and set up an independent country that wasn’t fully reconquered until 1933. (Google Republic of Chan Santa Cruz)
      Hope you enjoy the book!

      • Buongiorno a Lei! And thank you for your prompt response. I studied indigenism in Latin America’s culture and I think that many Europeans discovered in the indigenous cultures of the New World a new sense of freedom or the chance to realize their utopias. In addition to this, they could live a sexual freedom that European Christian culture had banned as sin, not to mention the higher level of humanity and solidarity they found: the English Anthony Knivet, left in Brazil by his commander for insubordination, saved himself with the help of the local indigenous people, that, even if cannibals, were judged by him more human than the cruel and bloodthirsty Portuguese settlers.
        Unfotunately, colonialist violence prevailed on human solidarity.
        I’ll enjoy your book, thanks!

  2. I also bought “Nassau” and “Flanagan and the Crown of Mexico”, so I became a fan reader of you!
    I’ll let you know my reviews very soon.
    Have a nice time!

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