- About 1523 AD Oaxaca Mexico: The natives tell of a sickness
that darkens the soul, causing a
thirst for the blood of their brothers. They tell of men, women,
even children whose flesh have become gray with rot and possess
an unholy smell. Once darkened, there is no method of healing,
save death, and that can only be achieved throughfire, since the
body becomes resistant to all arms of man. I believe this to be a
tragedy of the heathen, for; without their knowledge of Our Lord
Jesus Christ, there was indeed no cure for this illness. Now that
we have blessed their masses with the light and truth of His love,
we must strive to seek these darkened souls, and cleanse them
with all the force of Heaven.
- 1523 AD Oaxaca Mexico. This text was, supposedly, taken from the accounts of Father
Esteban Negron, a Spanish priest and student of Bartolome de las
Casas, previously edited from the original works and recently discovered
in Santo Domingo. Opinions vary on the authenticity of this manuscript.
Some believe it to be a part of a Vatican order to suppress all
information on the subject. Others believe it to be an elaborate hoax
along the lines of the “Hitler diaries.”
Oaxaca is in southwestern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Guerrero to the west, Puebla to the northwest, Veracruz to the north, and Chiapas to the east. To the south, Oaxaca has a significant coastline on the Pacific Ocean.
The state is best known for its indigenous peoples and cultures. The most numerous and best known are the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs, but there are sixteen that are officially recognized. These cultures have survived better than most others in México due to the state’s rugged and isolating terrain. Most live in the Central Valleys region, which is also an economically important area for tourism, with people attracted for its archeological sites such as Monte Albán, and Mitla, and its various native cultures and crafts. Another important tourist area is the coast, which has the major resort of Huatulco and sandy beaches of Puerto Escondido, Puerto Ángel, Zipolite, Bahia de Tembo, and Mazunte. Oaxaca is also one of the most biologically diverse states in Mexico, ranking in the top three, along with Chiapas and Veracruz, for numbers of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and plants.