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CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas

Jay I. Kislak Foundation
Bernal Diaz del Castillo,
Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva-Espaņa.

En la imprenta del reyno, 1632.

Diaz's story is a rambling epic, in which Montezuma is a great and powerful emperor, his kingdom vast and wealthy, and his subjects numerous and fierce. The material splendor of the Aztec empire make it a worthy plum for the Spanish empire. Diaz never doubts the legitimacy of Spanish claims of ownership: to be Christian and Spanish is to be powerful, and to be powerful is to possess.

Written in the later 16th century, but not published until the 17th, the "True History" shown here is the first edition.

Promotion and Possession

Exhibition Contents | Introduction | Essays | Bibliography & Links

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