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CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas

Jay I. Kislak Foundation

Hernando CortÚs,
Manuscript document.

Original: "Temixtitan"[Mexico City],
June 27, 1526.
Copied, Valladolid, c.1750. 3 pages.


Despite resistance from the Spanish Crown, CortÚs planned a new Mexican colonial society as deliberately as he had planned Mexican conquest. Part of that effort involved securing the allegiance of important Aztecs. In this 18th century copy of a manuscript dated 1526, CortÚs recounts his conquest and explains the importance of Montezuma's aid to the conquerors as justification for granting a large dowry, consisting mainly of land, to Do˝a Isabel Montezuma, eldest daughter of the Aztec emperor.

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