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Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala

Laura E. Matthew


Indigenous allies helped the Spanish gain a foothold in the Americas. What did these Indian conquistadors expect from the partnership, and what were the implications of their involvement in Spain's New World empire? This study of Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala places the Nahua, Zapotec, and Mixtec conquistadors of Guatemala and their descendants within a deeply Mesoamerican historical context. Drawing on archives, ethnography, and colonial Mesoamerican maps, it argues that the conquest cannot be fully understood without considering how these Indian conquistadors first invaded and then, of their own a ... More

Keywords: Indian conquistadors, Spain, New World, empire, Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala, Nahua, Zapotec, conquest, Mixtec

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835371
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807882580_matthew


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura E. Matthew, author