Coixtlahuaca

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Coixtlahuaca
Nguichee
Yodzocoo
Coaixtlahuacan
15th Century–1458
Capital Coixtlahuaca
Languages Chocho
Mixtec
Nahuatl
Religion Mesoamerican religion
Government Monarchy
History
 -  Established 15th Century
 -  Incorporated into New Spain 1458
Dominican Convent in San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca, Oaxaca

Coixtlahuaca (Chocho: Nguichee; Mixtec: Yodzocoo; Nahuatl: Coaixtlahuacan) was a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican state in the Mixteca Alta (now in Oaxaca, Mexico). Coixtlahuaca was a multi-ethnic polity, inhabited by both Chochos and Mixtecs. In addition to the Chocho and Mixtec languages, Nahuatl was used as a lingua franca. Its name means "plain of snakes". The state also exerted power over the Cuicatecans.[1]

Coixtlahuaca was conquered by the Aztecs under Moctezuma I in the 15th century.

According to Hernán Cortés, envoys of Coixtlahuaca surrendered to the Spanish in September 1520. Coixtlahuaca was incorporated into New Spain as the municipality of San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca.

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  1. ^ Peter Gerhard, Guide to the Historical Geography of New Spain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972), p. 54