México, Plano de la Ciudad de

This map of Mexico City is a part of what has come to be known as the Codex Cardona, a multiple-legajo "manuscript" that also has boxes of maps. The current location of the manuscript is unknown. Arnold Bauer, Professor Emeritus from the University of California, Davis, wrote a book about the search for information about the "codex." It purports to be a sixteenth-century record and yet really seems to be late-colonial, at the earliest. Stephanie Wood has published a review of Bauer’s book , where she points to the presence of the Mendoza Moctezuma family in the codex, and this may serve as a temporal anchor of ca. 1700. This map was made on amate (native paper) but it is written in a kind of Spanish (or perhaps Romance is a better term), with very unusual orthography. The maps and most of the texts have as their content Mexico City and surrounding indigenous communities. It has the flavor of the sixteenth-century relaciones geográficas, which were reports to the king about the history, demography, economy, geography, religion, and other features of these colonized communities. (Brief description by Stephanie Wood; map analysis by Jonathan Truitt.)

Principal editor: 
Jonathan Truitt

Transcriptions and Translations

Analytic Transcription English Translation Literal Transcription Spanish Translation Standardized Transcription
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1. ecclesia Chatedral de Sacta María 1. Cathedral of Santa María 1. ecclesia Chatedral de Sacta María 1. iglesia catedral de Santa María 1. iglesia catedral de Santa María
2. Chasas Reales e tribunales e Real avdiencia. 2. Royal houses, tribunals, and high court (Real Audiencia). 2. Chasas Reales e tribunales e Real avdiecia 2. Casas Reales y tribunales y Real Audiencia. 2. Casas Reales y tribunales y Real Audiencia.
3. portal de Merchaderes 3. merchants' portal 3. portal de Mercha deres 3. portal de mercaderes 3. portal de mercaderes
4. Cabildo 4. Cabildo (or municipal council building) 4. Cabildo Cabildo 4. Cabildo
5 Rreal Ensayo 5. Royal Treasury(?) 5. Rreal Ensayo 5. Real Ensayo
6. portal 6. portal 6. portal 6. portal 6. portal
7. chasa del Ensayo 7. Assay House(?) 7. chasa del Ensayo 7. Casa del ensayo
8. fuente 8. fountain 8. fuente 8. fuente
9. Rayo 9. a line 9. Rayo 9. Rayo