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Title [Codex Tepotzotlán] [manuscript]
Document Type Manuscript; Art
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Fragment of a village land book with two pages of text and picture captions in Nahuatl, created during the first half of the 18th century, probably between 1700-1743, documenting land claims in the village of Tepotzotlán. A village book compiled by the Nahuas to describe their lands and to guarantee their rights of ownership before Spanish administrators, the Codex records the names, acreage, and boundaries of the districts belonging to the village of Tepotzotlán. It also identifies the principal private landowners of the town, and includes their portraits and quantity of land owned. Christian settlements are depicted throughout the Codex with drawings of churches, as well as the "tecpan" or city hall; magueys and nopals indicate the principal crops cultivated in the area. Circles represent units of land measurement in "mecatls," and houses indicate the number of tribute-payers in each district.
Places Tepotzotlán, Mexico
Keywords art, landowner, land tenure, property, colonial forces, colonialism, Spain, New Spain, boundary, naming, settlement, white settlers, white settlement, Christianity, illustration, church, religion, crops, agriculture, payment, money, map, language, culture
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Missionaries and Education; American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Nahuatl
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1479
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue