The Persistence of Nahua Culture

“Pedronilla's Claims”
Ink and watercolor on amatl, 1575

This document records the house, lands, blankets, clothing, chocolate cups, and other goods Pedronilla claims to have inherited from her deceased husband, Constantino. Her name occurs three times beside property that is indicated by linking black or red lines as belonging to her. She cedes only the upper house and land to her mother-in-law, Juliana. However, Pedronilla's claims only partially agree with her husband's written Nahuatl testament, which is held by the Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico

Newberry Library: Vault oversize Ayer MS 1901

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