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Collision of Worlds: A Deep History of the Fall of Aztec Mexico and the Forging of New Spain

David M. Carballo


Mexico of five centuries ago was witness to one of the most momentous encounters between human societies, when a group of Spaniards led by Hernando Cortés joined forces with tens of thousands of Mesoamerican allies to topple the mighty Aztec Empire. It served as a template for the forging of much of Latin America and began the globalized world we inhabit today. This violent encounter and the new colonial order it created, a New Spain, was millennia in the making, with independent cultural developments on both sides of the Atlantic and their fateful entanglement during the pivotal Aztec-Spanish ... More

Keywords: archaeology, Aztecs, colonialism, conquest, Mexico, New Spain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190864354
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190864354.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Carballo, author
Associate Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies, Boston University