In the Shadow of Cortés: From Veracruz to Mexico City

In Fall 2016, KU Libraries partnered with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) to bring the traveling exhibit In the Shadow of Cortés: From Veracruz to Mexico City to Spencer Research Library. The photographic exhibition was designed and prepared by Indiana University Professor Kathleen Ann Myers, with photographs by fellow Indiana University professor and renowned National Geographic photographer Steve Raymer

The traveling exhibition contained thirty photographs interspersed with seven text panels of contextual information. English and Spanish exhibit handouts showed thumbnails of the photographs with captions. These three documents are reproduced, with permission from their author Kathleen Ann Myers, in the Traveling Exhibition section of this online exhibit.

In conjunction with the traveling exhibition, Spencer Research Library showcased original books and maps, including some modern editions and facsimiles, related to Cortés and the conquest. These are the materials reproduced here, with their exhibit labels.

Additional online information about this exhibit includes the IU press release, the KU Libraries press release, and KU Libraries Flickr albums showing photographs of the exhibit reception at Spencer and of the Aztec dance group Huitzilopochtli on campus.

This is an online version of a physical exhibit that was on display in Kenneth Spencer Research Library, August 2016 through January 2017. The exhibit was created by Caitlin Donnelly Klepper and Kathy Lafferty, Public Services.
Contact Caitlin or Kathy for questions.

Funding for this exhibit came from the Moveable Feast of the Arts Program at Indiana University Bloomington. Created through a generous gift from the Lilly Endowment Inc., the program was initiated by the IU Office of the President with oversight provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.


El libro del ciuacoatl

Facsimile (1991) of the Codex Borbonicus. Original manuscript at the Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée Nationale, Paris.


Madrid, España: Sociedad Estatal Quinto Centenario
Graz, Austria: Akademische Druck-und Verlagsanstalt
México: Fondo de Cultura Económica


The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards

English edition (1724) of Historia de la conquista de México (History of the Conquest of Mexico) by Antonio de Solís, translated by…


London: printed for T. Woodward, and J. Hooke; and J. Peele


Cuba insula, Hispaniola insula, Insula Iamaica, Ins. S. Ioannis, I.S. Margareta cum confiniis

Maps of the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola [Haiti and the Dominican Republic], Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Saint Margarita by Abraham Ortelius, 1611.


Amsterdam: [publisher unknown]


Historia antigua de México y de su conquista

Nineteenth-century edition (1844) of Historia antigua de México (Ancient History of Mexico) by Francisco Javier Clavijero, first published…


Mexico: Impr. de Lara


Le miroir de la tyrannie Espagnole perpetree aux Indes Occidentales

French edition (1620) of Brevissima relación de la destrucción de las Indias (A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies) by…


Amsterdam: Ian Evertss Cloppenburg