How a vital record of Mexican indigenous life was created under quarantine

The LA Times published an article about the Florentine Codex, a Nahuatl and Spanish language codex created in the 16th century by Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún. The last two books of the codex were created during a smallpox pandemic, and descriptions of the pandemic found their way into these sections. An estimated 90% of Indigenous people in the Americas died as a result of European diseases like smallpox in the 16th century. For information on using this in your classroom, read these offerings on teaching the Florentine Codex: The American Historical Association, The Iris, and the UCLA Newsroom.