Narrative of Some Things of New Spain and of the Great City of Temestitan
The Narrative of Some Things of New Spain and of the Great City of Temestitan is a historical document dating from the 16th century, one of the few surviving contemporary Spanish accounts from the period of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire and central Mexico (1519–1521).
The author of the document is unknown, and is referred to as a Companion of Hernan Cortes, The Anonymous Conqueror (or simply "The Anonymous Conqueror" or "Gentleman of Cortes").
The Narrative provides descriptions of the life and culture of the pre-Columbian Aztec/Mexica and surrounding peoples of the Valley of Mexico, as they were first encountered by the expedition of Conquistadores under Hernán Cortés. This narrative describes everything from the land and animals, to military concerns, to food and drink, to religion and government, to architecture and beyond. Historians are divided as to whether the Narrative is a genuine narrative or merely based on reports from returning Conquistadors. It also contains information on the weapons of the Aztecs in comparison to those of the Spaniards.
- Narrative of Some Things of New Spain and of the Great City of Temestitan, México Text of Marshall Saville's 1917 translation, reproduced online at FAMSI (ed. Alec Christensen) (English)
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