By Richley Crapo; Bonnie Glass-Coffin

Transcribed from the unique Nahuatl manuscript (written circa 1600) and translated into English for the 1st time, this epic chronicle tells the preconquest historical past of the Tlaxcalteca, who migrated into important Mexico from the northern frontier of the Toltec empire at its fall. by the point of Cort?s's arrival within the 16th century, the Tlaxcalteca have been the most competitors to the Mexica, or Aztecs, as they're typically identified. one of many few peoples of principal Mexico no longer governed from the Mexica capital urban of Tenochtitlan, the Tlaxcalteca resided within the subsequent valley to the east and have become Cort?s's robust allies. They have been additionally audio system of the Nahuatl language who a cosmopolitan agriculturally established city lifestyle and documented their historical past in conventional —painted books—created by way of especially educated scribes. therefore, their chronicle, An?nimo Mexicano, bargains a unprecedented replacement viewpoint at the historical past of imperative Mexico, which has been ruled within the renowned mind's eye via the tales of the Mexica. the unique An?nimo Mexicano is housed within the Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris. Its first whole booklet right here features a complete English translation, the unique classical Nahuatl, a latest Nahuatl model, and complete annotation. This definitive version hence can be worthy for linguists, ethnohistorians, folklorists, Mesoamerican students, and others. in addition, somebody attracted to the epic foundation stories of peoples and countries will locate curiosity in An?nimo Mexicano's grand narrative of dynastic wars, conquests, and migrations, forged in mythological phrases.

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Ini:c quimihtlanilitoia tziucnoliztica, ma: ye:cna:lqui:za in i:a:ltepe:uh. Zan i:c quitlami:n in arrows. Thus all together they killed each other, they spilled one another’s blood. Already they died, and it awakened them, so that thus their blood ran down the surface at the bottom of the mountains. It was as if floods of water were falling from the sky. This was not as if these said how it happened to them, when they were exaggerating and aggrandizing themselves regarding this war. The leading priest was petitioning the villainous god.

337 And it is told how this great city was established. Quípohua yn ipan ynin zazanil Amauh yn Az-capotzalco tlaca, ynic achto opeuh. yníc otzintic ynin Altepetl. ypan achtopa cahuitl, cenca huey. ynic tlacayohuac. amo cana macic. yninenehuiloca yní- chamauhca; Yninetlalil mopohua centzontlí chicua cenpohuali, yhuan matlactlí xihuitl;340 yuh qui machiotitaque ynî Altepehuâcahuan, Ynachto-pa ohualtlatocatitaque. Ynçe, Hueytzin teuctlí- ynícome Acolhuacâ teuhtlí. ymon ý teuctlí- Xolotl; avh mi to a nel oqui pix Yntlatocayotl, macuilpoalli xiuhtíca343 paca, hiecyopan344 Quipo:hua in i:pan ini:n zahza:ni:l a:mauh in A:zcapo:tzalco tla:ca, ini:c achto o:pe:uh ini:c o:tzi:ntic ini:n a:ltepe:tl i:pan achtopa ca:huitl.

Ini:c ye tlehco i:pan in te:tepe yztaqueh oncan Yemanticate, o:motecaqueh in Chi:chi:me:cah, o:mocentla:liqueh. Ini:c yetozqueh paquiliztica. In aoc eh440 ac ahquin cuecihuitiz. O:quihua:lhui:caia chicnauh mamalhuiztli. Ini:c o:quiqui:xtiaya. In tletl i:c otlachinoaya. Zan o:quimateloa:ia444 in i:nmapiltzalan. Onca:n ye manticate o:motlayecoltiaya i:ca in tlayocan, Atlixco, Teyecac, Ca[lpitzco, and . . . ]co. Then some remained at Calpitzco, and some others went to Cholula, Totomihuacan, Cuauhtitlan, Tecalco, and Oztoticpac.

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