Xicotencatl : An anonymous historical novel about the events leading up to the conquest of the Aztec empire

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As Spain's New World colonies fought for their independence in the early nineteenth century, an anonymous author looked back on the earlier struggle of native Americans against the Spanish conquistadores and penned this novel, Xicotencatl. Writing from a decidedly anti-Spanish perspective, the author describes the historical events that led to the march on Tenochtitlan and eventual conquest of the Aztec empire in 1519 by Hernan Cortes and his Indian allies, the Tlaxcalans.

Xicotencatl stands out as a beautiful exposition of an idealized New World about to undergo the tremendous changes wrought by the Spanish Conquest. It was published in Philadelphia in 1826. In his introduction to this first English translation, Guillermo I. Castillo-Feliu discusses why the novel was published outside Latin America, its probable author, and his attitudes toward his Spanish and Indian characters, his debt to Spanish literature and culture, and the parallels that he draws between past and present struggles against Spanish domination in the Americas.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 261g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 0292712146
  • 9780292712140
  • 1,660,357

Table of contents

Translator's Note
Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Book Four
Book Five
Book Six
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Review quote

"This translation of Xicotencatl makes available to English-speaking readers a key text in the nineteenth-century history of Spanish American literature... I am delighted that someone has seen fit to rescue this marvelous story of good and evil, with its [still] pertinent discussion of political and personal morality." Nancy Vogeley, Professor of Spanish, University of San Francisco
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About Guillermo I. Castillo-Feliu

Guillermo I. Castillo-Feliu is Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Winthrop University in South Carolina.
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