Link to enlarge K6042 (Las Bocas - Ceramic Vessel) THE FOUNDATION RESEARCH DEPARTMENT

History of the Mexicans as Told by Their Paintings
Translated and edited by Henry Phillips Jr.
Read before the American Philosophical Society, October 19, 1883
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society XXI:616-651, 1883.
Edited by Alec Christensen

Table of Contents


Chapter   1
Chapter   2
Chapter   3
Chapter   4
Chapter   5
Chapter   6
Chapter   7
Chapter   8
Chapter   9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23

Notes 1-16
Note 17
Note 18
Notes 19-48
Notes 49-62
CHAPTER [19] [p.631]

[The Foundation of Tlatelolco and Tenochtitlan.]

When all the aforesaid twenty-five years already written about had elapsed, there began the first year in which they commenced to enter into the bounds of Tenustitlan, Mexico, and to populate it, and they came to Istacalco, which is a country near Mexico, and thence they went to Mixuacan, where a woman bore a child to which they gave this name, which signifies the fertile. and from there they settled in a suburb named Temazcaltitlan which signifies the suburb of the bath, and is in these days the district and suburb of St. Peter and St. Paul, and in the place it said that some Mexicans who carried Vchilogos went astray, murmured against him, and Vchilogos told them in their dreams that things must be as they had been, but that they were near to the place where they were to take their final rest and home, and that those who had murmured against him had sinned like men of two faces and two tongues; and in order that they should obtain pardon, they made themselves a head with two faces and two tongues, and having made the head of it of the grains that they ate, they shot arrows at it, and covering up their [632] eyes, those who had shot the figure, sought to find it, and finding it they ate it up, dividing it up among them all; and so it was performed, and they all came together and settled in Tatilulco, which was a small island, and is now known as the suburb of Santiago. In this first year in which the Mexicans came to the aforesaid place, Vchilogos appeared to one of them named Tiunche, and told him that his home was to be in this spot, and that the Mexicans would not have to wander any farther, and he should tell them that when it was morning they should go seek a man of Culuacan, because he had abused them, and take him and sacrifice him, and give him to the sun to eat. So Xomemitleuts went forth and found a man of Culuacan named Chichilquautli, and sacrificed him to the sun on going out; and they named this place Quanmixtlitlan, 48 which afterwards was called Tenustitan, because they found there a wild fig tree grown on a stone, and the roots thereof grew forth out of the place where lay buried the heart of Copil as has been already narrated.


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