Over 500 years ago (in the early 1500’s), the Spanish Conquest brought European Catholic traditions to Mexico. The Spanish explorer, Cortés, attempted to convert the Aztec ruler, Moctezuma and requested missionaries to be sent to convert the native people to become Catholic. The Spanish missionaries needed to learn Náhuatl in order to communicate with the people. To preserve their traditions and cultures, the native peoples blended their beliefs with those of the Spaniards.
Links to Mexican History, Culture and Maps:
- The Spanish Conquest of Mexico
- Link to Historian John Pohl’s work on MesoAmerica: Scroll down to The Meeting and click Two points of View for information on the Aztec view as told through their ancient books or codices
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