A Peek At Aztec Life from 16th Century Mexico

The Newberry Library in Chicago is hosting an exhibit of artifacts of Aztec life in pre-conquistadore Mexico. This Chicago Trib article describes some of the legal documents, maps (among the most spectacular is a 1524 map of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, showing buildings, temples and markets)and priceless pre- and post-conquest accounts of Aztec life from the Aztec point of view preserved in the papers of Bernardino de Sahagun, a Franciscan missionary. The exhibit, “The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico,” a temporary exhibit, opens at the library Friday and runs through Jan. 13.