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Title Relaciones historicas [manuscript]: de Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl interprete del supremo govierno de esta Nueva España...
Author Alva Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando de (1578-1650)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: A 1755 ms. copy of Ixtlilxóchitl’s historical accounts, based on native sources, of ancient Mexico, the Toltec and Chichimec dynasties, and the Spanish conquest of Mexico. The Sumaria relación de todas las cosas begins with the ancient legends of the suns and the origen of the Indians, and discusses the establishment, development, and fall of the empires of the Toltecs and, later, the Chichimecs, as described in the section Historia de los señores chichimecas. Appended to the Sumaria relación are 7 documents dealing with the deeds of Nezahualcoyotl and Nezahualpilli; the arrival of the Spaniards in New Spain, and their entrance into Texcoco. The Compendio histórico emphasizes the conquest of Mexico and Cortés’ expedition to Honduras, as well as the heroic achievements of the author’s ancestors Nexahualcoyotl, Nezahualpilli, and Fernando Cortés Ixtlilxóchitl, the latter an ally of Cortés who performed many vital services for the Spanish Crown. The Compendio histórico includes testimonies from 1608 of various municipal officials of Otumba and San Salvador Quatlacinco, approving the contents and historical veracity of Ixtlilxóchitl’s work. Finally, the Relación sucinta en forma de memorial summarizes the historical events of the Sumaria relación and includes other accounts of the Toltecs and Chichimecs.
Names Cortés, Hernán (1485-1547); Nezahualcóyotl, King of Texcoco (1402-1472); Alva Cortés Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando; Nezahualpilli
Places Honduras; Texcoco, Otumba, San Salvador Quatlacinco, Mexico; Spain
Keywords history, Mexican, legend, mythology, folklore, empire, New Spain, Spain, deed, conquistadors, expedition, personal account
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Additional Information See Sumaria relacón de todas las cosas que an sucedido en la Nueva España... [manuscript copy by Lorenzo Boturini] and Sumaria relacón de todas las cosas que an sucedido en la Nueva España... [manuscript] (Newberry Library catalogue references Ayer MS 1109 and Ayer MS 1110) for variant copies of the Relaciones.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1108
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue