The Persistence of Nahua Culture

“Genealogy of the Emperor Moctezuma” 1885 “Portrait of Moctezuma Xocoyotzin” steel engraving, pre-1879 from Documents to support the claim of José María Lizaula to a pension granted to the heirs of the Emperor Moctezuma

In the late 1880’s, José María Lizaula assembled a series of documents dating from 1531 to 1885 to support his claim to the pension granted in 1590 by King Philip II to the direct descendants of the Emperor Motecuhzuma Xocoyotzin. Among his documents, Lizaula included a copy of a genealogy of Motecuhzoma said to have been made in the sixteenth century and a poignant, nineteenth-century engraving of the Emperor Motecuhzoma. Lizaula's claim was ultimately dismissed by the Mexican Supreme Court and Treasury Department.

Newberry Library: Vault Ayer MS 1168 Doc. 1 and 2

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