Parution : Contesting conquest : indigenous perspectives on the Spanish occupation of Nueva Galicia, 1524–1545

Contesting conquest


  • Altman, Ida

Ida Altman is Professor of History at the University of Florida. Her most recent book is The War for Mexico’s West: Indians and Spaniards in New Galicia, 1524–1550.


Contesting Conquest presents an important set of indigenous and Spanish accounts that document Spain’s efforts to establish control over western Mexico during the first half of the sixteenth century.

Though the 1521 defeat of the Mexica of Tenochtitlan signaled the downfall of the Aztec empire, large areas outside of central Mexico still remained beyond the Spaniards’ control. Home to groups such as the Maya of present-day Yucatan and Guatemala and the diverse peoples of western Mexico, these regions were remarkably resilient in the face of Spanish conquest. Ida Altman provides the first English translations of a set of accounts that directly reflect the perspectives of these indigenous peoples. These include a chronicle of Mendoza’s campaign during the Mixton War, a letter from the exiled rebel leader Tenamaztle, and an account written by or on behalf of the rulers of the indigenous community of Xalisco. The narratives are supplemented by translations from Spanish sources that shed light on indigenous-Spanish interaction and conflict. Together these accounts provide insights into indigenous struggles and illuminate the resistance met by their would-be conquerors.

Providing multiple perspectives on Spanish campaigns to conquer modern-day Mexico and giving indigenous voices equal weight to that of the conquistadores, this book is an essential counterpoint to standard narratives of the Spanish conquest. It will be especially useful to students and scholars of Latin American colonial history.


  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Series Editor’s Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  1. Tenamaztle’s Lament
  2. Spaniards Conquer the West
  3. Insurrection and War
  4. Xalisco and the New Order
  • Timeline for the History of Early Nueva Galicia
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : University Park : The Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Date de parution : cop. [2017]
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XIII, 133 p.) : [5] ill., [4] cartes ; 22 cm
  • Collection : (Latin American originals ; 12).
  • Bibliogr., p. 125-128. Index
  • ISBN 978-0-271-07856-4 (br.) : 26,95 $


  • PARIS-BnF : 2018-18399

OpenEdition vous propose de citer ce billet de la manière suivante :
Olivier Jacquot (17 mai 2023). Parution : Contesting conquest : indigenous perspectives on the Spanish occupation of Nueva Galicia, 1524–1545. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 19 juillet 2024 à l’adresse

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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