WOMEN’S HISTORY ✝ MALINALLI (c. 1496-1501 – c. 1529)Malinalli (also known as "La Malinche" and "Malintzin"), was a Nahua woman and daughter of a cacique. Bernal Diaz claimed that she was sold into slavery by her mother and stepfather while Francisco López de Gómara claimed she was kidnapped by Maya merchants.
Nevertheless, both sources agree that in 1519, she was one of the slave girls given to the Spaniards by the Chontal Maya. Malinalli and the other girls were baptized (with Malinalli being christened “Doña Marina”) and becoming the property of Alonso Hernández de Puertocarrero. She later became Hernán Cortés’ interpreter and adviser and later bore him a son.
Very little else is known about the real Malinalli, but she has taken on mythic status and has been variously depicted as a virtuous lady, as a symbolic mother of a new people, as a traitor and a whore, and as both victim and survivor.