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The history of the Indies of New Spain

Author: Diego Durán; Doris Heyden; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1994.
Series: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 210.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats

This work offers a detailed description of the Aztecs' developing urban system and of the manner in which the Spaniards built upon that system and then altered it to suit their own purpose, the  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diego Durán; Doris Heyden; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0806126493 9780806126494 9780806141077 0806141077
OCLC Number: 29565779
Description: xxxvi, 642 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm.
Contents: The possible place of origin of the Indians of New Spain --
How the Indians left their seven caves --
The arrival of the Aztecs in Mexico --
What befell the Aztecs after their arrival at Chapultepec --
How the Aztecs went to seek the prickly pear cactus and the eagle, and how they found them --
The first king of Mexico, Acamapichtli --
The second king of Mexico, Huitzilihuitl --
The third king of Mexico, Chimalpopoca --
The election of King Itzcoatl, and how he liberated the city of Mexico How the Tepanecs of Coyoacan waged war on the Aztecs, and how they were vanquished --
How the lords of Mexico requested of King Itzcoatl that he give them titles --
The great discord between the people of Xochimilco and the Aztecs, and how Xochimilco was vanquished --
How King Itzcoatl of Mexico ordered the distribution of the lands of Xochimilco --
How the people of Cuitlahuac rebelled against the Aztecs during the reign of King Itzcoatl, and how they were vanquished The election of the fifth king of Mexico, Huehue Motecuhzoma, the first of this name --
How Motecuhzoma the First began to build the temple, and how Chalco waged war against Mexico and was defeated by the Aztecs --
The creul attack made by the Chalcas upon the Aztecs between Amequemecan and Tepepulla, and how the Chalcas finally were defeated --
How the people of Tepeaca waged war against the Aztecs, and how the former were defeated, harshly treated, and brought to Mexico-Tenochtitlan to be sacrificed The great discord between the Aztecs and the Huaxtecs of Tamapachco, Tochpan, and Tzincoac, and how the Huaxtecs were vanquished --
The cruel sacrifice of the Huaxtecs at the hands of the Aztecs --
The war with Ahuilizapan, and how those people were defeated --
How King Motecuhzoma warred with Coaixtlahuaca, and how that city was destroyed --
The sacrificial ceremony performed in honor of the stone called the cuauhxicalli, image of the sun --
How the Province of Cuetlaxtlan rebelled again, and how they were vanquished a second time The great tribute and wealth received by the Aztecs --
The laws, ordinances, statutes, and other conditions decreed by King Motecuhzoma, the first of this name --
How King Motecuhzoma the First sought the seven caves --
How the people of Guaxaca killed the royal envoys, and how the Aztecs destroyed them and settled the city with Aztecs, Tezcocans, and Xochimilcas --
How the king and nobility decided to wage perpetual war on Tlaxcala, Huexotzinco, Cholula, Atlixco, Tecoac, and Tliliuhquitepec The great famine that devastated this land for three years during the reign of Motecuhzoma the First, and how this ruler came to the aid of the people of Mexico-Tenochtitlan --
How King Motecuhzoma had his likeness carved upon a rock on the Hill of Chapultepec, and a description of his last days and death --
The election of King Axayacatzin and the events that occurred in his time --
A fierce battle between the Aztecs of Tlatelolco and those of Tenochtitlan --
The second battle between the Aztecs of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolcas and how the latter were defeated How the two carved stones were set in their places and how the Matlatzincas were sacrificed upon them --
How war was waged against Mechoacan, and how the Aztec army was defeated --
The long funeral rites with which the Aztecs honored those who had died in war --
The gifts that the lords brought to the deceased King Axayactl, the speeches that were made, and the election of the seventh king, Tizocicatzin --
How the Aztecs waged war on Metztitlan --
How, after the funeral of King Tizoc, a younger brother of his was elected --
The festival that was held for the coronation of King Ahuitzotl How King Ahuitzotl finished the construction of the Great Temple, and the solemn feast made for its inauguration --
How the solemn ceremony and sacrifice began --
How Aztec and Otomi colonists were sent to repopulate Alauiztlan and Oztoman --
How the Aztecs waged war upon Tecuantepec, Izhuatlan, Miauatlan, and Amaxtlan --
How King Ahuitzotl visited all the temples when he returned from war --
The death of Tlacaelel, how King Ahuitzotl asked the ruler of Coyoacan for water from Acuecuexco, the excuse that was given to him, and how Ahuitzotl had this ruler killed How the waters entered Tenochtitlan, how they were welcomed, and how the city was flooded and the inhabitants were forced to flee --
How Mexico learned that Xoconochco, Xolotla, and the province of the Mazatecs had mistreated the people of Tecuantepec, with a description of the war the Aztecs waged on them --
The death of King Ahuitzotl, and the funeral rites in his honor --
The solemn council that was formed to elect the new king of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, and how Motecuhzoma the Second was chosen The order and harmony decreed by King Motecuhzoma for his personal service and that of his household and other things commanded by him --
The solemn festivities that were held at the coronation --
How Motecuhzoma conquered the provinces of Cuatzontlan and Xaltepec --
The reasons Motecuhzoma had for warring against Quetzaltepec and Tototepec, the strong resistance he met, and how he conquered them --
The cruel battle waged between the Aztecs and the men of Huexotzinco, and how Tenochtitlan and Tezcoco perished and the Huexotzincas triumphed How Motecuhzoma had the Temple of Coatlan built within that of Huitzilopochtli, and the solemn festival that was held --
How Cholula defied the Aztecs on the road to Atlixco, with a description of the battle that took place --
The enmity and war between Tlaxcala and Huexotzinco, how the Huexotzincas asked the king of Tenochtitlan for help, and how this plea was granted --
How Nezahualpiltzintli, king of Tezcoco, informed Motecuhzoma that the Spaniards would soon arrive and the Aztecs would have few victories over their enemies The cruel sacrifice of the Tlaxcalan victims on the feast of the goddess Toci, and how the Huexotzincas were angered by this and burned her temple at night --
How a comet appeared in the sky, how it troubled Motecuhzoma, and how he consulted the king of Tezcoco to discover its meaning --
The death of Nezahualpilli, king of Tezcoco, and the election of a new ruler called Quetzalacxoyatl --
How the people of Coaixtlahuaca were bringing their tribute to Mexico-Tenochtitlan, And how the men of Tlachquiauhco attacked them on the road and robbed them, with an account of the war Motecuhzoma waged against the latter --
How Motecuhzoma ordered that the largest stone that could be found be brought for the sacrifice of the Flaying of Men --
How Motecuhzoma decided to abandon the city and hide himself where he could not be found --
How Motecuhzoma ordered the authorities of the city to investigate the dreams of the old people regarding the coming of some phenomenon that they might have anticipated, and how he had many killed because they revealed dreams contrary to his desires How a ship from Cuba arrived in this land and how Motecuhzoma sent emissaries, and a description of the events that followed --
How Motecuhzoma ordered an artist to paint pictures of the Spaniards according to the description given by Tlillancalqui Teuctlamacazqui --
How Don Hernán Cortés disembarked at the port of Chalchiuhcueyecan, and how Motecuhzoma ordered provisions to be sent to Cortés --
How Motecuhzoma sent a chieftain to bring Cortés, how he guided the Spaniards along a difficult path to a cliff, how two horses fell and two Spaniards were killed, And how the chieftain fled and later was executed by Motecuhzoma --
How the Tlaxcalans held a meeting and decided to receive Cortés in peace and deliver the city to him --
How Hernán Cortés was welcomed in Mexico-Tenochtitlan by Motecuhzoma and his dignitaries, how he was lodged in a palace in the city and was well served there, and how King Motecuhzoma was taken prisoner --
How Pánfilo de Narváez arrived at Veracruz, how Cortés captured him and sent him away, how Cortés returned to Tenochtitlan with his men, And how a rebellion broke out among the natives against the Spaniards --
How Don Hernán Cortés fled from his quarters, how the Indians were aware of his departure, and how many Spaniards and Indians were killed in that flight --
How Cortés came from Tlaxcala to Tezcoco, built brigantines there, and went on to Tenochtitlan, and how King Cuauhtemoc defended himself with great valor --
How Don Hernán Cortés, after having conquered Mexico, left that city in good order, and how he set out to conquer other provinces, with a description of the death of Cuauhtemoctzin Appendix : Durán's Historia and the Crónica X, by Ignacio Bernal --
Chronology of Aztec Kings.
Series Title: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 210.
Other Titles: Historia de las Indias de Nueva-España y Islas de Tierra Firme.
Responsibility: by Diego Durán ; translated, annotated, and with an introduction by Doris Heyden.


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