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Conquest 2.0

14 April 2019

The German-born Emmanuel Leutze is responsible for much of our mythic imaginings of American history (his most famous work was “Washington Crossing the Delaware”), his 1848 “Storming of the Tecalli by Cortez and His Troops” very much one of “American history”… or at least as he saw it in his time. After all, the United States was still occupying Mexico City, and … for the United States troops, the massacre of 22 May 1520 resonated north of the border as the “conquest” of the “halls of Montezuma”.

Emanuel Leutze “Storming of the teocalli by Cortez and his troops” (1848) detail.

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