Launch of the Brigantines, illustrating a description in Prescott's Conquest of Mexico, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 52
After the Spaniards were driven from the city, they built brigantines at Tlascala, which were transported piece-meal to the borders of Lake Tezcuco--there put together, and launched; giving, in this way, that control of the water to Cortez, which enabled him to advance along the causeways without attack from the Indian canoes, and so to take the city. The day of the launch is described as a high holyday by the historian. The principal figures are Cortez, complimenting the shipbuilder Lopez, Marina, the Indian interpreter, Bernal Diaz, the chronicler, with his musketoon, De Olid, Alvarado, Sandoval, Alonzo de Avila, and the Padre Olmedo. [P. 4.]
Catalogue of Paintings, Engravings, &c. at the Picture Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society. First Annual Exhibition, 1848. Baltimore: Printed by John D. Toy, corner of Market and St. Paul Streets.