Harbingers and Responses to Pandemics

LACMA podcast in conversation with Diana Magaloni
Settlements that completely disappeared vs. those that survived during the colonial period in Central Mexico according to Diaz-Cayeros, Espinosa Balbuena and Jha (2022)
Florentine Codex Book VII, folio 16r. Storing of food for the year of the famine, 1-rabbit.
Florentine Codex Book VII, folio 16v. Provisional slavery as a response to famine, in which even lords sell themselves and their children to escape death.
Obsidian mirror from the LACMA collection. Mexico, Valley of Mexico, Aztec, 1325–1521. Stone Obsidian. Diameter: 4 1/4 in. (10.2 cm). Gift of Constance McCormick Fearing (M.85.233.11).
The extraordinary extraction of tribute the encomendero Gonzalo de Salazar from the people of Tepetlaoztoc when he was summoned back to Spain in 1529. The tribute includes twice the regular amount of gold, ten obsidian mirrors, fine cloths, jewels, cacao and feather headdresses, in addition to the usual yearly tribute in blankets and foodstuffs. Codex Tepetlaoztoc, also known as the Codex Kingsborough, British Museum, 72 folios, European paper, 29.8 X 21.5 cm. Am2006,Drg.13964
The mortuary wrapping denotes the commoners who died, including their numbers, as well as the lords on the left, in seated poses. Their faces are shaded in grey to indicate their deaths.



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Alberto Diaz-Cayeros

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros


Mexicano orgulloso, migrante renuente. Economista ITAM y Politólogo Duke. Senior Fellow en CDDRL y Director Centro Estudios Latinoamericanos Stanford University