Imagining Mexico

Imagining Mexico

Hernán Cortés and a small group of Spanish soldiers, aided by a large native Mexican army, conquered the Aztec, or Mexica Empire in 1521. Beginning shortly after the fall of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, and continuing through 300 years of Spanish rule, the story of the Conquest and colonization of Mexico was told and retold for people who would never visit the New World, and for whom Cortés, the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, and the important temples, battles and landscape were distant in both time and space. At each retelling, artists and writers elaborated on the eyewitness accounts of the Spanish and native Mexicans, creating a rich legacy of texts and images that extend down to the present.