Parution : Indigenous life after the conquest : the De la Cruz family papers of colonial Mexico

Indigenous life after the conquest


  • Cruz (famille)
  • Pizzigoni, Caterina. Éditeur scientifique
  • Townsend, Camilla (1965-….). Éditeur scientifique

Caterina Pizzigoni is Associate Professor of History at Columbia University. She is the author of The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico’s Toluca Valley, 1650–1800.

Camilla Townsend is Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is the author of Annals of Native America: How the Nahuas of Colonial Mexico Kept Their History AliveMalintzin: Una mujer indígena en la Conquista de México; and Here in This Year: Seventeenth-Century Nahuatl Annals of the Tlaxcala-Puebla Valley.

Résumé de l’éditeur

This book presents a unique set of written records belonging to the De la Cruz family, caciques of Tepemaxalco in the Toluca Valley. Composed in Nahuatl and Spanish and available here both in the original languages and in English translation, this collection of documents opens a window onto the life of a family from colonial Mexico’s indigenous elite and sheds light on the broader indigenous world within the Spanish colonial system.

The main text is a record created in 1647 by long-serving governor don Pedro de la Cruz and continued by his heirs through the nineteenth century, along with two wills and several other notable documents. These sources document a community history, illuminating broader issues centering on politics, religion, and economics as well as providing unusual insight into the concerns and values of indigenous leaders. These texts detail the projects financed by the De la Cruz family, how they talked about them, and which belongings they deemed important enough to pass along after their death.

Designed for classroom use, this clear and concise primary source includes a wealth of details about indigenous everyday life and preserves and makes accessible a rich and precious heritage. The engaging introduction highlights issues of class relations and the public and performative character of Nahua Christianity. The authors provide the necessary tools to help students understand the colonial context in which these documents were produced.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Maps
  • Introduction
  • Document 1: The De la Cruz Family Record Book
  • Nahuatl text
  • English text
  • Document 2: The Tepemaxalco Tribute Notebook in 1658
  • Document 3: Parish Records of the Birth of Don Juan de la Cruz’s Siblings (1640s)
  • Document 4: The Will of Don Pedro de la Cruz
  • Document 5: The Will of Don Juan de la Cruz
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: A Brief Note on Language and Orthography
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Informations pratiques

  • Édition : University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Date de parution : cop. 2021
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XVIII-158 p.) : [13] ill., [2] cartes ; 22 cm
  • Collection : (Latin american originals ; 16).
  • Note : Traductions en anglais des originaux en nahuatl et en espagnol ; un document comprend l’original en nahuatl.
  • Bibliogr. p. 147-149. Index.
  • ISBN 9780271088136. – ISBN 0271088133 (br.)


  • PARIS-BnF : 2022-3689

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de la valorisation et des données de la recherche > Coordination de la recherche > Délégation à la Stratégie et à la recherche > Bibliothèque nationale de France

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