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Monday, March 8, 2021
12:30–1:40 pm CST
David M. Carballo, Boston University
Mexico of five centuries ago was witness to one of the 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. At the quincentenary of the Spanish-Aztec war (1519–1521) and the birth of colonial New Spain, this book presentation offers a deep-time perspective to trans-Atlantic history, both in Mesoamerica and Iberia, and emphasizes archaeology and material culture in framing these events and their legacies. We consider variation and overlap in social institutions and historical memory as well as the co-creative processes that involved Native agency and resilience in forging a new colonial order, with ramifications for much of Latin America and in linking the Atlantic and Pacific spheres into a truly global world.
Natalie Arsenault, Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies