Emperor Cuauhtemoc

Anonymous, 1981. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico, Los Angeles

From the plaque on the sculpture:

Cuauhtemoc, 1495-1525.

Last of the Aztec emperors, Cuauhtemoc led a valiant defense of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) against the invasion of the Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortes in 1521.

Although defeated and captured, Cuauhtemoc’s pride and dignity remained strong. Even when tortured by fire, he refused to reveal the location of the Aztec treasure.

Cuauhtemoc was hanged on Feb 26, 1525, accused by Cortes of conspiring against him.

A bicentennal presentation to the city of Los Angeles by Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc (Monterrey, Mexico) and Wisdom Import Sales Company, Inc (Irvine, CA). October 13, 1981.

(This text also appears in Spanish.)

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