The Persistence of Nahua Culture

Protest by Indian nobles against conditions in Mexico Mexico City and Texcoco, 1570

In 1570, at the suggestion of Friars Miguel Navarro and Jerónimo de Mendieta, the Indian leaders of Mexico City and Texcoco agreed to write a letter to King Philip II to complain about their living conditions and the maltreatment they received from the Spaniards. The two friars planned to carry the letter with them to Spain, but they did not receive it in time. After returning to Mexico from Spain in 1572, they found it in the possession of Father Alonso de Molina.

Newberry Library: MS 1481 F3 a&b

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