Europeans Invade the Aztec Empire

“America Sive Novi Orbis,” from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Abraham Ortelius
Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1580 [German edition]

First published in 1570, Ortelius’ map of America presents a Christianized image of Mexico (“Hispania Nova” or New Spain) and its cities and towns, many of which are represented by church towers and spires. Mexico-Tenuchtitlan (Tenochtitlan) is located on Lake Texcoco. A Dutchman, Ortelius dedicated his atlases to Philip II, King of Spain and the Netherlands.

Newberry Library: Vault Oversize Ayer G1006 .T515 1580

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