Mesoamerican Culture, History, and Religion

Post-Conquest Colonial History

Here you will find material about the events of the Colonial period in Mexico. It’s a controversial, painful era that’s recently begun to be re-evaluated due to the growing sensitivity to the perspectives of those who were conquered and the move away from ethnocentrism in scholarship.

Index of Pre-Twentieth Century Works

Coming soon.

Index of Current Works

Language and Empire: The Vision of Nebrija

1995/1996 journal article by Zhenja La Rosa of Loyola University at New Orleans on the subject of the Spaniards’ use of language to colonize the peoples of Mesoamerica.  Covers both the Conquest and the first century of the Colonial period. A concise, helpful overview of the situation, with special attention given to the role of language in destroying the native religious traditions and replacing them with Catholicism.

One response

  1. I wrote a comment here last night, but as I was typing my name it suddenly went away.
    I’m impressed with your web site and expect to return occasionally. I have been writing a new version of my historical novel “Voice of the Vanquished: the Story of the Slave Marina and Hernan Cortes” which was published in 1995. A new version, shorter and with fewer Nahuatl names, will be coming out this year (2011) under the title “Malinalli of the Fifth Sun: The Slave Girl Who Changed the World”
    Would you be interested in receiving a review copy, to write a review in your blog and on If so, contact me by email and tell me where to mail it. (Or, if you prefer, I could send you an electronic copy with the caveat that you keep it confidential until after it is published in print. I might also make an e-book out of it.)
    Helen Heightsman Gordon, M.A., Ed.D.
    Author, Educator, Editor

    August 31, 2011 at 4:05 AM

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