The Library of Congress has
acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century.
After being in private collections for more than 100 years, the codex has been digitally preserved and made available online for the first time to the general public.
The codex, also known as the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, represents one of the most important indigenous manuscripts from the earliest history of America to become available in the last century. Only few examples of manuscripts of this kind have endured the ravages of time.
While digitizing the codex at the Library, the Librarian stated: “The acquisition of the map, because of its relevance to the early history of the European contact with the indigenous people of America, makes an important addition to the early American treasures at the Library of Congress, including the Oztoticpac Lands Map and the Huexotzinco Codex. It’s a rare document of world history and American history in general.”
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