Carte de Lac de Mexico, et de ses Environs Lors de la Conqueste des Espagnols


Copperplate engraving of the former capital of the Aztec Empire.

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Prior to its conquest by the Spanish in the 16th century, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan was one of the largest urban centers in the western hemisphere. It can been seen here, built on a group of islands in the middle of a large lake linked by elevated dirt causeways.

The size and population of the city and in the surrounding region awed the invading conquistadors. After the natives were devastated by infighting and disease, the area was quickly re-settled as Mexico City and quickly rose again to prominence as one of the largest urban areas in the hemisphere.

The map was issued by Jacques Nicholas Bellin for Prevost’s influential volume L’Histoire Generale des Voyages.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1750

Author: Jacques Nicholas Bellin

Sheet Width (in): 7.50

Sheet Height (in): 10.50

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Faint soiling and a few small spots of foxing confined to the margins. Three small pieces of archival tape along the top edge of the sheet, from where the map was previously attached to a matte. Very good shape overall.


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