"In 1522, amid the ruins of the Aztec empire's capital, Tenochtitlan, a boy was born to an Amerindian woman named Malinche. This woman is often viewed as both the great betrayer of Mexico as well as one betrayed herself by the stewards of colonialism. The child's father was the infamous conquistador Hernán Cortés and this boy would come to be known as one of the first mestizos (mixed race) of Mexico. Martín Cortés would become a shadow figure living on the fringes of history and as such his story represents a biographical curio.
Burdened by the heavy hand of its own antiquity, Mexico is also a shadow seeking the light of historical analysis, and Martín Cortés serves as the ideal symbolic mirror from which it can cast its reflection. But like so much of Mexican history (or at least our attempts to understand it), Cortés' life remains mostly hidden under a veil of resistance and obscurity." - David Hellman.
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@roosnicola standing next to the sixth edition to the DISreMEMBERINGS series, 'El Mestizo (The Half-Blood)', 2017.
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