Antique Map Auction Sale No. 136 - closed 6/1/2011
This tinted lithograph illustrates the defeat of Cuauhtemoc (aka Guatimozin), the last Aztec emperor of Mexico. He defended Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, in a four-month siege that left most of the city destroyed. He was captured by Captain Sandoval while retreating across Lake Texcoco with his family and a few survivors, and was later executed by Hernan Cortes. Drawn by Vicente Urrabieta Ortiz and printed by Juan Jose Martinez in Madrid.