JCB Archive of Early American Images
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Das alte Mexico.
Place image published:
[Johann Justinus Gebauer]
fold-out plate; vol. 2, following p. 16
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Bird's-eye view of Mexico City or Tenochtitlán showing the various islands, aqueduct, and causeways or bridges which linked the city. Also includes men on horseback, domestic animals, boats, churches, dwellings, wicker dams, and main square.
Algemeine Geschichte de Länder und Völker von America. Zweiter Theil. Nebst einer Vorrede Siegmund Jacob Baumgartens ...
Source place of publication:
bey Johann Justinus Gebauer
The city is probably shown as the artist imagined Tenochtitlán was before Europeans arrived, but with European-type houses and churches. Cuyioacan (or Coyoacan) may be where Hernán Cortés lived. Suchimilco (or Xochimilco) was the site of a famous battle won by Cortés. The image is derived from Carol Allard, Orbis habitabilis oppida et vestitas, Amsterdam 1681, who in turn derived his view from the Hernán Cortés map-view of Tenochtitlán. This image is similar to the one printed in Antonio de Solís, Histoire de la conquête du Mexique, Paris, 1691, following p. 272. Compiled and translated from several sources by Johann Friedrich Schröter, with a preface by Siegmund Jakob Baumgarten. Schröter was secretary to the Privy Council of Magdeburg and had served for some years as a missionary in Canada.
Acquired in 1963.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Artifacts, industry, and human activities
Geography, maps, city views and plans
Mexico City (Mexico)--Description and travel