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Episodios Maritimos. Primera en Toda Empresa Notable, La Marina Española

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Vallejo, J.; Donon, Juan
Place made: Spain, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, Madrid
Date made: 1850
Materials: ink; color wash; paper
Measurements: 16 in x 21 3/4 in
Nomenclature: Aztec Empire; Hernan Cortes; Mexico; Spanish
Classification: naval battles

Plate 8 of 'Historia de la marina real española episodios maritimos' lithographed by J. J. Martinez and others. The print depicts indigenous workers carrying one of the 13 prefabricated brigantines across mountains to the Lake Texcoco where they were reassembled. Following the leadership of the Spainiard Hernán Cortés, a coalition army of Spanish forces and native Tlaxcalan warriors captured the emperor of Cuauhtemoc and Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire. Cortés elaborately planned the conquest of Tenochtitlan for maximum theatrical effect. To lay siege to the city on a lake, he had 8,000 carriers transport prefabricated brigantines to the Lake, dug a canal, and deepened the lake for a successful launching. In the print, indigenous men, identified by their loincloths, carry a hull of a ship on stilts and build ships. A lake is seen in the valley in the background. Spaniards wear traditional European armor and dress, ride horses, and carry guns. One Spaniard appears to each supervise a group of indigenous men working on different projects. The complete digitized bound series can be found at the Biblioteca de Catalunya: http://mdc.cbuc.cat/cdm/ref/collection/materialsBC/id/5755


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