National Geographic : 1937 Jun
YOUNG MEXICANS PLAY ON ONCE-SACRED STONE SERPENTS In Aztec times countless sacrificial victims were led up the broad steps of the Pyramid of Tenayuca, the restored base of which appears at the right. One of the best preserved of Aztec relics, it stands near Tlalnepantla, about six miles north of the Mexican capital. Tenayuca, in the Aztec tongue, means "Where They Erected Walls." Photographs byLuis Marden THIS TREE IS A DRAMATIC LINK WITH THE CONQUEST Under the giant ahuehuete, inthesuburb ofPopotla, Cortez issaid to have stopped and wept ashewatched thebleeding remnants ofhisarmy fleeing from the city aftertheir horrible defeat by theAztecs during theNoche Triste, or "Sad Night," July 2,1520. Aniron railing, reputedly forged from instruments of torture usedduring theInquisition, protects thetree.