The Native Conquistador: Alva Ixtlilxochitls 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.Amber Brian is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Iowa.Bradley Benton is Assistant P...

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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

“While Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s work has received critical attention in recent years from the editors of this volume and others, such as Jongsoo Lee and Galen Brokaw, his writings have not been available in English translation. Hence the present volume is very welcome. The editors’ selection from Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s corpus is the best choice for reaching a wide audience of students and nonspecialists. . . . For classroom instructors, I recommend this above Cortés’s letters or Bernal Díaz del Castillo’s account for its succinct, action-packed, and indigenous-centered telling of the Aztec-to-Spanish imperial transition.”—Louise M. Burkhart, Hispanic American Historical Review