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An Aztec Domesday Book?

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Warwick Bray reviews a new illustrated edition of a Colonial 'Domesday Book' for the Aztec world.

At some time during his administration (1535-50) Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of newly conquered Mexico, commissioned a report for the Spanish crown. The aim was to describe the condition of Mexico before the European arrival, and the document listed the conquests of successive Aztec rulers, gave an inventory of the tribute paid to Moctezuma by his imperiaI provinces, and concluded with a description of everyday life as the Indians remembered it.


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