You should know something!Hello i was reading this, it´s a nice topic. I love food history. I should tell you what i know about tamales. Well you should know the origin of the corn is in the Andes, its origin from Perú, the oldest corn has been gotten in the Andes. That´s what i have studied in le cordon bleu -Perú. WE used to make tamales before the spanish came without meat, but it was made a lot, it was common here. After ,when spanishes with africans (when they were slaves) the slaves introduced pork in the tamales. Now i want to know if tamales come from quechua (the inka empire's language) , i could get that information.
Now, i know in México u can find tamales, yes i know cuz when my friends from the USA when come they tell me that and taste very good, but dont think they were the first in making them. I think you should try to investigate about the 2 big "virreynatos" in latin america: NEw mexico and Perú.
I can tell you the peruvian tamales taste very verygood cuz when people from the USA come, they eat all what my mom cooks, please dont misunderstood my words, i´m not being offensive with mexicans, but unfortunatelly sometimes peruvians dont export their information about our history much.
Thanks so much, kind regards.