By Eduardo de J. Douglas
Around 1542, descendants of the Aztec rulers of Mexico created money owed of the pre-Hispanic historical past of town of Tetzcoco, Mexico, one of many imperial capitals of the Aztec Empire. Painted in iconic script ("picture writing"), the Codex Xolotl, the Quinatzin Map, and the Tlohtzin Map seem to keep and emphasize either pre-Hispanic content material and likewise pre-Hispanic shape, regardless of being produced nearly a iteration after the Aztecs surrendered to Hernán Cortés in 1521. but, as this pioneering examine makes simple, the truth is way extra complex.
Eduardo de J. Douglas bargains a close severe research and historic contextualization of the manuscripts to argue that colonial fiscal, political, and social matters affected either the content material of the 3 Tetzcocan pictorial histories and their archaizing pictorial shape. As records composed through indigenous humans to claim their status as valid heirs of the Aztec rulers in addition to unswerving matters of the Spanish Crown and strong Catholics, the Tetzcocan manuscripts qualify as sophisticated but wise negotiations among indigenous and Spanish structures of signification and among indigenous and Spanish ideas of actual estate and political rights. via interpreting the Tetzcocan manuscripts as calculated responses to the alterations and demanding situations posed via Spanish colonization and Christian evangelization, Douglas's examine considerably contributes to and expands upon the scholarship on valuable Mexican manuscript portray and up to date severe investigations of artwork and political ideology in colonial Latin America.