National Geographic : 1940 Sep
In Montezuma's Painted Land Gray Walls of San Juan de Uluia Could Tell a Story of Plunder, Hurricanes, and Siege Begun shortly after Cortes landed here for his conquest of Mexico, this was one of several New World fortresses so expensive that the Spanish king wondered why the walls were not visible from Spain. Raiders bent on "singeing the king of Spain's beard" often tried to sack Veracruz. Sautional ueograpnc ley utlyl s Ion c uy -- :l auot On This Beach Cortes Paraded His Cavalry-First Horses Seen in the New World By twos the conqueror's 16 horsemen galloped along the beach at Veracruz to impress the emissaries of Montezuma, the Aztec emperor. The envoys carried back sketches of strange men with four legs.