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Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives

Edited by Jongsoo Lee and Galen Brokaw

Publication Year: 2014

Texcoco: Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives presents an in-depth, highly nuanced historical understanding of this major indigenous Mesoamerican city from the conquest through the present. The book argues for the need to revise conclusions of past scholarship on familiar topics, deals with current debates that derive from differences in the way scholars view abundant and diverse iconographic and alphabetic sources, and proposes a new look at Texcocan history and culture from different academic disciplines.

Contributors address some of the most pressing issues in Texcocan studies and bring new ones to light: the role of Texcoco in the Aztec empire, the construction and transformation of Prehispanic history in the colonial period, the continuity and transformation of indigenous culture and politics after the conquest, and the nature and importance of iconographic and alphabetic texts that originated in this city-state, such as the Codex Xolotl, the Mapa Quinatzin, and Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s chronicles. Multiple scholarly perspectives and methodological approaches offer alternative paradigms of research and open a needed dialogue among disciplines—social, political, literary, and art history, as well as the history of science.

This comprehensive overview of Prehispanic and colonial Texcoco will be of interest to Mesoamerican scholars in the social sciences and humanities.

Published by: University Press of Colorado


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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-vi


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pp. vii-viii


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p. ix

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pp. xi-xii

Th­e Aztec city-state of Texcoco was an important polity in what is commonly referred to as the Aztec empire. It has not been studied as intensely as Tenochtitlan, but it has provoked a number of debates concerning...

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1. Texcocan Studies Past and Present


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pp. 1-24

From the conquest through the present, Texcoco, best known as the home of the famous King Nezahualcoyotl, has been an important topic of research on Prehispanic and colonial Mexico. Numerous Texcocan leaders...

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2. Improving Western Historiography of Texcoco


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pp. 25-61

Isabel Bueno Bravo (2005) describes Tlatelolco as standing in the shadow of Tenochtitlan, and the same is true of Texcoco, although for different reasons. Research on the Aztecs came of age in a post- Revolutionary Mexico, with its one-party state dominated...

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3. The Aztec Triple Alliance: A Colonial Transformation of the Prehispanic Political and Tributary System


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pp. 63-91

In scholarship on Prehispanic Mexico, the dominant view has maintained that the Aztec empire consisted of a Triple Alliance among the city-states of Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan, which distributed land and tribute among themselves. ­is collaboration of...

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4. Polygyny and the Divided Altepetl: še Tetzcocan Key to Pre-conquest Nahua Politics


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pp. 93-116

­The mid-sixteenth-century Nahua historian from Cuauhtitlan bent to his task: he was in the midst of transforming a traditional pictorial xiuhpohualli into a set of annals written out using the Roman alphabet. “It was in [the year] Th­ree Rabbit that Nezahualcoyotzin...

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5. The Mapa Quinatzin and Texcoco’s Ideal Subordinate Lords


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pp. 117-145

­The central leaf of the Mapa Quinatzin, painted in 1542, presents a symbolic and idealized image of the Texcocan palace and larger Acolhua domain under the consecutive reigns of Nezahualcoyotl and...

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6. Evidence of Acolhua Science in Pictorial Land Records


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pp. 147-164

Th­e Spanish conquest of ruling polities in the Valley of Mexico in 1521 had two consequences that forever obscured the history of science in the New World.1 One was decimation of the indigenous population within a span of three generations....

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7. Don Carlos de Tezcoco and the Universal Rights of Emperor Carlos V


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pp. 165-181

When reflecting on the sixteenth-century conquest and subjugation of extensive and far-flung sections of the Americas, it has generally been emphasized that the European presence in Mesoamerica followed the steady overseas expansion of the Spanish...

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8. Beyond the Burned Stake: šThe Rule of Don Antonio Pimentel Tlahuitoltzin in Tetzcoco, 1540-45


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pp. 183-199

In 1539, don Carlos Chichimecatecuhtli, member of the ruling family of Tetzcoco and son of the great Tetzcoca tlatoani (ruler) Nezahualpilli (r. ž1472–1515), was convicted by the Holy Office of the Inquisition of heretical dogmatizing and burned at the stake...

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9. The Alva Ixtlilxochitl Brothers and the Nahua Intellectual Community


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pp. 201-218

Ángel María Garibay K. concludes the two-volume Historia de la literatura náhuatl (Garibay K. 1971ž [1954]) with the suggestively titled chapter “Vuelo Roto,” in which he uses don Bartolomé de Alva (b. ca. ž1597),...

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10. Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Texcocan Dynasty


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pp. 219-242

Feranto Mexía, a nobleman of arms and letters in fifteenth-century Jaén, wrote his Nobiliario (1492) to demonstrate that the essential ingredient of nobility is old blood, that noble status is determined primarily by a lineage’s antiquity. Two hundred years later Mexía...

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11. The Reinvented Man-God of Colonial Texcoco


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pp. 243-259

In šThe Allure of Nezahualcoyotl: Pre-Hispanic History, Religion, and Nahua Poetics (2008), Jongsoo Lee points out the vast gap separating the figure of Nezahualcoyotl as represented in colonial histories from the actual...


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pp. 261-264


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pp. 265-276

E-ISBN-13: 9781607322849
E-ISBN-10: 1607322846
Print-ISBN-13: 9781607322832
Print-ISBN-10: 1607322838

Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 25
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 880579966
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Texcoco