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Title Sumaria relacón de todas las cosas que an sucedido en la Nueva España... [manuscript copy by Lorenzo Boturini]
Author Alva Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando de (1578-1650)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Copy by Lorenzo Boturini of Ixtlilxóchitl’s Relaciones, compiled from native sources and containing various historical accounts of ancient Mexico, from the earliest origins of the Indians and the development of their empires to the Spanish Conquest. The Sumaria relación de todas las cosas begins with the legends of creation of the four suns, 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. Also included is the account known as Relación sucinta en forma de memorial, a brief version of the historical events of the Sumaria relación with includes other accounts of the Toltecs and Chichimecs. The Sumaria relación de la historia general de esta Nueva España narrates the history of Mexico from its origens to the reign of Nezahualcoyotl, including as well some material on Nezahualpilli and his descendants; and Fernando Cortés Ixtlilxóchitl, one of the author’s ancestors and an ally of Cortés during the Conquest, who claimed to be the first Indian to be baptized. The last section contains three related documents not written by Ixtlilxóchitli: judicial testimony concerning the conduct of Nuño de Guzmán; a sentence handed down in a case involving property of the estate of Doña Isabel Moctezuma; and an account by the cacique Don Francisco Acazitli of services rendered on behalf of the viceroy Mendoza, signed by Pedro Vazquez, who translated the account from Nahuatl to Spanish. The first Relación and appendix are in Boturini’s handwriting.
Names Cortés, Hernán (1485-1547); Nezahualcóyotl, King of Texcoco (1402-1472); Nezahualpilli; Alva Cortés Ixtlilxóchitl, Fernando; Guzmán, Nuño de; Moctezuma, Isabel (1509-1550); Acazitli, Francisco; Boturini, Lorenzo; Vazquez, Pedro
Places Texcoco, Mexico; Spain
Keywords history, Mexican, legend, mythology, folklore, empire, New Spain, Spain, deed, conquistadors, expedition, personal account, law, litigation, court, translation, translator, property
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Additional Information See Relaciones historicas [manuscript] / de Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl interprete del supremo govierno de esta Nueva España... and Sumaria relacón de todas las cosas que an sucedido en la Nueva España... [manuscript] (Newberry Library catalogue references Ayer MS 1108 and Ayer MS 1109) for variant copies of the Relaciones.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1109
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue