National Geographic : 1937 Jun
A 16TH-CENTURY INDIAN "COMIC STRIP" SHOWS HOW CORTEZ RECEIVED BADLY NEEDED REINFORCEMENTS Escaping from the Aztec capital with a remnant of his followers, the Conqueror retreated to the domain ofhis allies, the Tlaxcalans. There hesent to the Spanish settlements on the coast for more men and supplies. In this painting, a Spaniard (left) dispatches Indian porters bearing harness, wheels, lances, cannon, and anchors for gunboats. On the way, some of the natives drown in a stream (upper center). Military equipment isalso sent from two other places (lower center and right). Near the cross, denoting the town of Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz, a Spaniardchastises arebellious Indian, while high up on the trail a bearded soldier rides pickaback across the mountains. These reinforcements enabled Cortez once moretoattack Mexico City (page 746).