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What if the Aztecs won the war against the Spaniards? A wonderful illustrated tale for kids and adults.
What if the Aztecs won the war against the Spaniards? A wonderful illustrated tale for kids and adults.
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Codex Valtierra is an Illustrated book that recounts the events of the war that the Aztecs had against the Spaniards. According to history, the Aztecs surrendered on August 13, 1521, giving the victory to the Spanish Crown. They destroyed many pyramids, killed thousands of people, and burned all the books they found. Therefore, there are just a handful of Aztec Codex still in existence.

Now imagine a world where the Aztecs had defeated the Spaniards. How would our world be different?

Codex Zouche Nuttall
Codex Zouche Nuttall

We will present you our version of the story. The story will start with historical facts and figures, but as the story progresses, you will notice how everything will begin to change and open the gates to a completely version of the facts you know.

Codex Borbonicus
Codex Borbonicus

 

 We invite you to enjoy the first pages of the book.

CHAPTER 1

The elders recall, on behalf of those who were there to witness it and left it stated to be true, that almost 500 years ago the white man came upon these lands from beyond the sea through the coast of what was once the "Totonaca Empire."

They arrived with weapons of fire and covered in shining splendid steel, things never seen or imagined by the people; so terrifying was the sound of cannons that the people thought them to be gifts given to the pale visitors from one of their gods, working their horror with favor from the sun.

Spaniards landing in the new world. Tlatoani speech to soldiers.
Spaniards landing in the new world. Tlatoani speech to soldiers.

Many deaths befell us in those times, as the caxtiltecas took to turning the pueblos against each other to gain their trust, only to betray them and treat them as servants. These were times when the bronze people felt abandoned by their creators, times to stop and reflect and organize some kind of defense against what the elders called, "teules".

Survival messenger sharing the tlatoani's ideals to all the tribes
Survival messenger sharing the tlatoani's ideals to all the tribes

Many a hero and warrior that faced the threat confirmed what the elders, in their great wisdom, denied to believe: that there would come a time where the teules would use us as slaves, destroy our temples, and burn our books.

Amongst those that braved the fire and metal of the foreigner's weapons, Tzilzcatzin, Temilotzin, Xicotencatl, Cuaupopoca, Erendira Ikikunari, Temoctzin, Cuitlahuac showed the bronze toed people of the various nations their own virtues. The importance of courage, intelligence, and temperance.

First night rebellion against the spaniards. Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc helping
First night rebellion against the spaniards. Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc helping

Elders tell children around fires of the great deeds of our people, when everything seemed lost, when our temples and the spirit of the warriors, old men, priests, and our women fell, that something unexpected happened from the land of the Itzaes when Tenochtitlan fell for the first time at the hands of the caxtiltecas. Amongst the last orders of Cuautemoctzin, an invigorating message roused in the hearts of every mexica. every purepecha warrior, tlaxcalteca, totonaca, hña-hñu, ben-zaa and nations that once considered each other enemies.

Spaniards surrounded in the woods. Kids and women join the battle
Spaniards surrounded in the woods. Kids and women join the battle

Our young lord of 21 years, sent paynani messengers to Tenochtitlan by various routes repeating the following:

"Friends, meditate in the depths of your hearts, and ask yourselves, 'Will we let these foreigners come here to make us their women? To erase from the land the greatness that with love and care our venerable grandfathers left us?

Aztec and European Gods. Cortes's death rumors. The robbery of the armory
Aztec and European Gods. Cortes's death rumors. The robbery of the armory

Today is not the day we will break to a pale enemy sick with greed for gold; our children will not suffer knowing they are the sons and daughters of cowards. Let the plains boil, let a torrential rain of darts pierce the throats of our enemies, let the spirit of war spread, let our warriors emblazon themselves with their best weapons, their most beautiful feathers. Our lord of war has spoken, this has only been a test to prove our might. The drums of war call to us, and the whistle of death yearns to be heard.

We will eventually find ourselves in the land of the fleshless one way or another. Either one by one or all together. But there, we will finally awake from the dream of war.

Isn’t it not our obligation to preserve the order of the universe?

Looking for truce. The exchanging of plants and animals
Looking for truce. The exchanging of plants and animals

Resuscitate mexica pride and let us show them why we are renowned as warriors; the children of the sun have yet to fall.

From this day onward we will unite; the nations that were once servants will join us as equals, and as owners of the land we will expel the foreigners. Tributes will be put to use in the protection of your families and the greatness of our cities

Pacts with other cultures. Studies of iron. Studies of ships
Pacts with other cultures. Studies of iron. Studies of ships

The Mexica do not want to be lords and masters of these lands unless it is at the side of all the nations of Anahuac. Let us be one with the Purepecha warriors, with the Mayan and Zapotec warriors.

Who here in their hearts truly prefers to serve the white men than die at the edge of their swords? Who here wants to hide in the temples, to witness the death of our deities?

Bronze footed people awake and arise to battle!

The book will be printed in Mexico simulating a real codex and the illustrations will be created with a limited amount of colors like in the old times. It will contain between 55 and 65 of written and illustrated pages. The books will be also printed and shipped from Mexico to support the country’s economy.

The printed version of the book will be available on English and Spanish. The digital version, to start will be available in Spanish and English with more languages to come.

The book will be divided in two, front and back. On the front part of the codex you'll see all the illustrations. The story and the description of every image can be found on the back.

We are still discussing the paper material. The options are a semi-gloss white paper or a brownish paper that simulates old and aged paper. This last one could make the codex look better but we are looking for durability too.

DIGITAL CODEX
Get the digital codex and take it with you anywhere on your phone, tablet or laptop! You'll get to choose the Spanish or English version.

THE CODEX
A full size printed version of the codex. ( 30cm x 15cm folded). Enjoy all the Illustrations and the story about the alternate reality of the Aztecs.

Digital sample of the printed book (front)
Digital sample of the printed book (front)

 

Digital sample of the printed book (back)
Digital sample of the printed book (back)

 

HARD COVER CODEX
A full printed version of the codex ( 30cm x 15cm ) with a beautiful hardcover to protect it. Enjoy all the Illustrations and the story about the alternate reality of the Aztecs.

Golden print on the hardcover
Golden print on the hardcover

 

 

 

 

Digital book in a different language $2.00
Digital book in a different language $2.00

 

15 postcards for $8.00
15 postcards for $8.00

 

More products soon...

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

One of the risks is that if we reach all the stretch goals we'll be packed with more work and obviously we'll need more time to finish our product. We are getting ready in case that happens.

The challenges here are finding good prices with great quality for the codex. The team really wants to bring the best of the best.

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