The Native Conquistador: Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Account of the Conquest of New Spain

Paperback | May 26, 2015

EditorAmber Brian, Bradley Benton, Pablo García Loaeza

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For many years, scholars of the conquest worked to shift focus away from the Spanish perspective and bring attention to the often-ignored voices and viewpoints of the Indians. But recent work that highlights the “Indian conquistadors” has forced scholars to reexamine the simple categories of conqueror and subject and to acknowledge the seemingly contradictory roles assumed by native peoples who chose to fight alongside the Spaniards against other native groups. The Native Conquistadora translation of the “Thirteenth Relation,” written by don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl in the early seventeenth century—narrates the conquest of Mexico from Hernando Cortés’s arrival in 1519 through his expedition into Central America in 1524. The protagonist of the story, however, is not the Spanish conquistador but Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s great-great-grandfather, the native prince Ixtlilxochitl of Tetzcoco. This account reveals the complex political dynamics that motivated Ixtlilxochitl’s decisive alliance with Cortés. Moreover, the dynamic plotline, propelled by the feats of Prince Ixtlilxochitl, has made this a compelling story for centuries—and one that will captivate students and scholars today.

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For many years, scholars of the conquest worked to shift focus away from the Spanish perspective and bring attention to the often-ignored voices and viewpoints of the Indians. But recent work that highlights the “Indian conquistadors” has forced scholars to reexamine the simple categories of conqueror and subject and to acknowledge the...

Amber Brian is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Iowa.Bradley Benton is Assistant Professor of History at North Dakota State University.Pablo García Loaeza is Associate Professor of Spanish at West Virginia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

Thirteenth Relation: On the Arrival of the Spaniards and the Beginning of the Law of the Gospel

Epilogue

References

Index

Editorial Reviews

“A fine translation and well edited. It adds greatly to our understanding of the complexity of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Clearly the conquest of Mexico was a Rashomon-like episode in which each of the participating groups told its story from its own perspective and bias. The result is a conflicted narrative in which the broad outlines are known, but clarifying the details remains a work in progress. The Native Conquistador provides one more step forward in that enterprise.”—Ronald H. Fritze, Sixteenth Century Journal