The Archregimancy wrote:Nanatsu no Tsuki wrote:
I wonder if any records were destroyed by conquistadors.
Neither the Aztecs nor the Incas had writing systems.
However, we do have important post-conquest codices - particularly for the Aztecs - that reveal a considerable amount of information about pre-conquest Mesoamerican society, alongside social reaction to the onset of smallpox.
The Florentine Codex is a particularly important document here, and contains a wealth of vitally important ethnographic data collected in the immediate aftermath of the conquest of New Spain, complemented by extensive illustrations.
If anyone would like to take a look, the entirety of the Florentine Codex has been digitised: https://www.wdl.org/en/item/10096/view/1/1/
Fascinating, but being fluent in Latin is not the trend anymore. I am rather surprised that the Aztecs and Incas didn't write, since they had rather impressive urban cultures. There were indigenous writing systems in South America, right?