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Mexico from the Conquistadors to the Present: Primary Sources

What Qualifies as a Primary Source?


An example of a primary source for the study of Colonial Latin America. Guaman Poma, Nueva corónica y buen gobierno (1615), The Guaman Poma Website hosted by Det Kongelige Bibliotek. Project of the Digital Research Center of the Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark offers digitized facsimile of Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala's El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno (1615/1616) autograph manuscript. The site also contains annotated transcription, documents, and other digital resources for the study of Guaman Poma.

Ecclesiastical documents: Church records, baptismal and burial registers; accounts of the establishment and administration of missions; descriptions of religious practices of Native peoples; missionary and land-owning activities of the Jesuit, Franciscan, and Dominican orders; Inquisition proceedings and correspondence.

Legal documents: land titles; wills and testaments; powers of attorney; judicial petitions and proceedings; criminal cases; genealogies to establish purity of bloodlines, nobility, or right of inheritance.

Colonial administrative papers: reports of viceroys and governors; cedulas, directives from the Spanish king; official correspondence; mercedes, or land grants; treasury and tax records; military reports; population statistics; commerce and smuggling reports.

Travel literature: journals and letters from explorations; reports on discoveries to the viceroys and king; maps

Visual Materials: original art including but not limited to paintings, drawings, sculpture, architectural drawings and plans; manuscripts, music scores and sheet music.

Resources and Primary Sources - Mexican History

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