Friday, December 04, 2009

Lienzo de Quauhquechollan: Indian Map of the Conquest of Guatemala

Lienzos are Central American Indian-made cloths that double as maps and story telling devices. Lienzos reached either zenith during the age of Spanish arrival.

The Guatemalan Universidad Francisco Marroquin has an online interactive version of the Lienzo de Quauhquechollan. This lienzo was made by the Quauhquecholtecan Indians of Central America and depicts them allying with the Spanish for the Conquest of Guatemala. The web feature includes the Lienzo, annotated notes describing what is on the Lienzo, and a map showing where the locations depicted are. This is a very neat way to see Age of Discovery history from another perspective (Hat Tip: Map of the Week)

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