Introduction to SotLoA

David Bowles
4 min readMay 14, 2024

The following is still VERY MUCH under construction.

Historical background.

The codex I have translated [below] is known by the Spanish phrase scrawled across the top of its first page: Romances de los señores de la Nueva España. In English, this title is normally rendered Ballads of the Lords of New Spain, but in an attempt to decolonize my version, I have opted to replace both “ballads” and “New Spain” as not reflecting the pre-invasion contents. Instead, I suggest Songs of the Lords of Anahuac, which in Nahuatl would be In incuica Anahuac tlahtohqueh.

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David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. President of the Texas Institute of Letters.