Previously, I mentioned a historical figure by the name of Doña Marina.

Before she was renamed to Doña Marina, she was born Malintzin, we know by Malinche, to a father who ruled a village called Paynala. She was fluent in Nahuatl and was educated which was a privilege for women in her village. Legend says that she was captured at a young age and that is how she ended up with Hernan Cortes.

In the 16th Century, Hernan Cortes was on a mission from Spain and had won battles along Central America. In exchange for his achievements, he was given Indigenous slaves and Malinche was among them. Since she was so fluent in Nahuatl and able to speak to the Aztecs, Hernan saw her as useful and kept her along his side and renamed her Doña Marina.

He used Doña Marina to establish agreements and orders to the Indigenous people of the Aztec Empire, including her own village she was born to. He was finishing his manifesto.

It was not before long that Doña Marina and Hernan Cortes began to have relations. She bore him his first son, and the first Mestizo – European and Indigenous blood.

Image: “Storming of the Teocalli by Cortez and His Troops,” 1848, painting by Emanuel Leutze

“Storming of the Teocalli by Cortez and His Troops,”

In the end, she was seen as a traitor to her people and given the name, La Chingada, meaning “the fucked one”. Some see her as the Sacajawea of Latin America and some see her as the cause for the fall of the Aztec Empire. Her history has been told in different aspects. She has even been seen as La Llorona. However, she did give birth to what would become a new race. Without this race, many of use who live in the southwest would not be here today. Although life and culture was lost, a new one was born.


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