Description: Striking and highly detailed fine scarce 1720 approx. copper engraved panoramic view of the Lake Texcoco and Tenochtitlan (modern days Mexico City), Mexico. The view shows the city with his ancient buildings, waterways, town walls and surrounding landscape.
Tenochtitlan was founded around 1325 on an island in Lake Texcoco by wandering Aztec tribes. As the number of inhabitants grew to over 100,000 over the next 200 years, so the city spread across ever more of the lake's islets, which were linked by dams and bridges and drained by canals. The major monuments of the city was located the magnificent central square with the palace of Moctezuma II and the Templo Mayor dedicated to the god Huitzilopochtli, where human sacrifice was performed. Reports of cannibalism and human sacrifice are a recurring theme of contemporary European accounts and were used to justify the Spanish conquest. Although the Aztecs were able to hold off Cortés and his troops in 1519, Tenochtitlan was taken by the Spanish in 1520 and the Aztec rulers put to death. The temple and the city were extensively damaged, and a church and a palace for the viceroy of New Spain were built on the central square. The new city was called Mexico City, one of the names for the Aztecs.
Date: 1720 approx, ( undated )
Dimension: Paper size approx.: cm 18,9 x 15,4
Condition: Very strong and dark impression on good paper. Paper with chains. Map uncolored. Small margin to the top. Quite lower margin. Quite lateral margins. Corners partially missing. Small foxing and browning. Plate folded. Conditions are as you can see in the images.
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