National Geographic : 1930 Jul
Photograph byFairchild Aerial Surveys HISTORIC CHAPULTEPEC CASTLE STANDS UNCHANGING ON ITS SUNLIT HEIGHT Fugitive ome of many great personages, this "White House" of Mexico is steeped in poignant tragedy; yet itimpresses with itsairofperma nence and immutability. It was started in 1783 by the viceroy Galvez, but was left unfinished. From 1842itwas used asamilitary academy, and in 1847 its 40 students took part in the Battle of Chapultepec, the last big engagement of the Mexican War, inwhich the United States forces under General Pillow suffered heavily before capturing it. Age-old trees rising all around it add to its grandeur.