Collision of Worlds: A Deep History of the Fall of Aztec Mexico and the Forging of New Spain

Written by David Carballo
Review by K. M. Sandrick

Combining written texts and unwritten archeological and anthropological signs of civilization, this deep history focuses on the confrontation between Spanish explorers and indigenous Native populations in Mesoamerica in the mid-1500s. In layered looks at two cities–Cholula, Mexico, and Medellín, Spain–author Carballo traces similarities and differences across time, exploring the culture, beliefs, and topography that bred the Sons and Daughters of the Shaking Earth as well as the complex cultural forces that crossed paths and formulated the home of the Conquistadors in southwestern Spain. An associate professor of Archeology, Anthropology and Latin Studies at Boston, University, Carballo describes the violent collision of the Spanish invaders and the Aztec Triple Alliance and demonstrates how the roots of New Spain took hold in the ashes of complex Mesoamerican societies. Illuminating and richly detailed, this fascinating history shows readers that worlds are not lost; tendrils of what has gone before intertwine with, fashion, and forever mark the hybrid societies of today.