The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cuauhtemoc


Monument to Cuauhtemoc on Paseo de la Reforma Ave.

On August 13, 1521, Cuauhtémoc went to call for reinforcements from the countryside to aid the falling Tenochtitlán, after eighty days straight of urban warfare against the Spanish. Of all the Nahuas, only Tlatelolcas remained loyal, and the surviving Tenochcas looked for refuge in Tlatelolco where even women took part in the battle. Cuauhtémoc was captured while crossing Lake Texcoco in disguise. He surrendered to Hernán Cortés along with the surviving pipiltin (nobles), and offered him his knife and asked to be killed. At first, Cortés treated his foe chivalrously. "A Spaniard knows how to respect valor even in an enemy," he declared. However, he allowed Aldrete, the royal treasurer, to have Cuauhtemoc tortured to make him reveal the whereabouts of hidden treasure. Cuauhtémoc, insisting that there was no hidden treasure, stood up under the ordeal. [ Wiki. ]

Gracias por su visita / Thanks for visiting.

4 comments :

cuentosbrujos said...

Me gustan este tipo de tomas, muy bien documentadas, por plano y tonos, la iluminacion le da cierta gravedad a al escena estática, lo que incrementa su valor
me gusta...
saludos brujos

Dsole said...

Qué historia más dramática, verdad? A mí todo me lo contaron desde el otro lado, y muchas de estas cosas ni siquiera me las dijeron.
El monumento es impresionante, Carraol, imponente!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I love your photography. I think you know that.

I also know this story very well as I did a book about the cruelty inflicted upon the people by the Spanish and in those days, Catholics were the worst because nobody exceeded them in their cruelty. It is a sad story without any merit.

Carraol said...

Dsole, Brujo, les agradezco su visita y palabras. Si, es una historia triste, afortunadamente pasó tiempo atras y confiemos que nuestros politicos no las repitan nunca mas. Saludos.
Abe, thank you very much for visiting.

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