The Lords of Tetzcoco -

The Lords of Tetzcoco

The Transformation of Indigenous Rule in Postconquest Central Mexico

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Tetzcoco was one of the most important cities of the pre-Hispanic Aztec Empire. When the Spaniards arrived in 1519, the indigenous hereditary nobles that governed Tetzcoco faced both opportunities and challenges, and were forced to adapt from the very moment of contact. This book examines how the city's nobility navigated this tumultuous period of conquest and colonialism, and negotiated a place for themselves under Spanish rule. While Tetzcoco's native nobles experienced a remarkable degree of continuity with the pre-contact period, especially in the first few decades after conquest, various forces and issues, such as changing access to economic resources, interethnic marriage, and intra-familial conflict, transformed Tetzcoco's ruling family into colonial subjects by the century's end.

Product code: 9781316640692

ISBN 9781316640692
No. Of Pages 212
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW153xS18
Series Cambridge Latin American Studies
The book examines Spanish conquest and early colonialism from the vantage point of the indigenous nobility of Tetzcoco, one of the most important cities in the prehispanic Aztec Empire. It traces the various forces that transformed the nobility from prehispanic political leaders into colonial subjects.