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CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas

Jay I. Kislak Foundation
Hernando CortÚs,
Praeclara Ferdinandi Cortesii de nova maris oceani Hyspania narratio...

Nuremberg: F. Peypus, 1524.


Tenochtitlan was destroyed by the Spanish in 1521; CortÚs built Mexico City on its ruins. This map, attributed to Albrecht DŘrer, shows the city before its destruction, with the principal Aztec temples in the main square, causeways connecting the city to the mainland, and an aqueduct supplying fresh water. Much of the information on this map must have come from Aztec sources - as did a great deal of the intelligence CortÚs relied upon in his conquest. This map circulated in numerous histories of the New World.

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