CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas
Jay I. Kislak Foundation
|Antonio de León y Gama,|
Descripción histórica y cronológica de las dos piedras que con occasion del nueve empedrado que se está formando en la plaza principal de Mexico.
Mexico City: Felipe de Zúniga y Ontiveros, 1792.
|In 1790, while digging up the zócalo of Mexico City as part of a drainage project, workers discovered stones which were thought to relate to the Aztec calendar. The discovery of these antiquities coincided with a rising crescendo of Mexican nationalism and thus had great symbolic value. As León y Gama describes them, the stones are works of art and genius on a par with any European creations. For him, the stones epitomize the cultural sophistication of the Aztecs and are icons to hurl back at the Spanish.|
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Colonial Fictions, Colonial Histories
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