National Geographic : 1916 Jul
Photograph by James H.Hare VERA CRUZ, WITH SAN JUAN DE ULUA IN THE FOREGROUND The immense cost of San Juan de Ulua-reputed to have been 40,000,000 pesos-was enough to shock even Charles VofSpain. One day he was standing on a balcony gazing with hand-shaded eye intently into the west. "For what is your Majesty looking?" queried acourtier. "Iam looking for San Juan de Ulua," replied the king, "for it certainly has cost me enough to be seen acrossthe sea."