Mexico

illustration of Aztec cannibalism, from the Codex Magliabechiano, 16th century.

The Conquest of Mexico was justified by the Spanish as an evil necessary to save a people who practised human sacrifice and worshipped false gods. 

The legend of La Llorona has supposedly haunted Mexico since before the Conquest. Her story is one of violence, much like the country whose suffering she is often taken to represent. Beware the woman in white ...

Kate Wiles provides context for the first European image of the Aztec capital, razed by the Spanish in 1521.

Artist's impression of the pyramid at its height

Hidden beneath a hill in Cholula, Mexico lies the largest pyramid ever built.

Amy Fuller looks at the life of the Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and asks why we feel the need to kill our heroines rather than celebrate their achievements.

Trotsky's tomb in Mexico City

The man born Lev Bronstein was attacked on August 20th, 1940. He died the following day.

 Jade and hematite shell belt mask. Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes - Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia - Fotógrafo Ignacio Guevara

Beyond the stereotypes of bloodthirsty savagery and false predictions of Armageddon. 

The Chieftones

Understanding aboriginal history through rare and largely unheard music.

Maximilian of Austria acceded to the imperial throne of Mexico on June 12th, 1864.

The Alamo, as drawn in 1854.

In 1836, after a short but violent struggle, conspicuously mismanaged on both sides, Texas wrested its independence from Mexico, which had itself secured its independence from Spain only fifteen years earlier.