The Native Conquistador offers an alternative view of the conquest of Mexico, which confers
greater protagonist role to native population than to the Europeans. It provides a different
perspective to understand the early process of Spanish conquest and colonization of the New
World, which traditionally overemphasize the military capacity and strategic abilities of the
In his account, Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlitxochitl highlighted the epic actions of his greatgreat-grandfather,
native prince Ixtlitxochitl of Tezcoco, who became a loyal vassal of the
Spanish monarch and strong supporter of the Spanish party. Where does the story of prince
Itxtlitxochilt fit within the traditional identification of Europeans as conquerors and natives as
conquered? Does this dichotomy accurately explain the Spanish conquest process? Provide
specific examples from the account to support your answer.
– Brian, Amber, Bradley Benton, and Pablo García Loaeza, eds. The Native Conquistador:
Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Account of the Conquest of New Spain. University Park, Pennsylvania:
Penn State University Press, 2015.
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