By Donald E. Chipman
Though the Aztec Empire fell to Spain in 1521, 3 central heirs of the final emperor, Moctezuma II, survived the conquest and have been later stated via the Spanish victors as reyes naturales (natural kings or monarchs) who possessed definite inalienable rights as Indian royalty. for his or her half, the descendants of Moctezuma II used Spanish legislations and customs to keep up and improve their prestige in the course of the colonial interval, reaching titles of knighthood and the Aristocracy in Mexico and Spain. So revered have been they Moctezuma descendant by means of marriage turned Viceroy of recent Spain (colonial Mexico's optimum governmental workplace) in 1696.
This authoritative heritage follows the fortunes of the important heirs of Moctezuma II throughout approximately centuries. Drawing on wide study in either Mexican and Spanish documents, Donald E. Chipman exhibits how daughters Isabel and Mariana and son Pedro and their offspring used court cases, strategic marriages, and political maneuvers and alliances to realize pensions, rights of entailment, admission to army orders, and titles of the Aristocracy from the Spanish executive. Chipman additionally discusses how the Moctezuma family members historical past illuminates a number of higher concerns in colonial Latin American heritage, together with women's prestige and possibilities and trans-Atlantic kin among Spain and its New international colonies.
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