9780292712140: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1999

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 166

Series Clássicos/Clásicos, Texas Pan American Series

University of Texas Press


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

Paperback / £16.99

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, Xicoténcatl. Writing from a decidedly anti-Spanish perspective, the author describes the historical events that led to the march on Tenochtitlán and eventual conquest of the Aztec empire in 1519 by Hernán Cortés and his Indian allies, the Tlaxcalans.

Xicoténcatl 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-Feliú 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.

  • Translator's Note
  • Introduction
  • Book One
  • Book Two
  • Book Three
  • Book Four
  • Book Five
  • Book Six

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