Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Central Highlands
Plaza of the Tree of the Night of Sorrows
El 30 de junio de 1520, mientras los mexicas
sepultaban al Emperador
Moctezuma y asignaban a Cuitlahuac como su sucesor,
Cortes preparo su salida por la Calzada del Tepeyac, al no
partir de inmediato dio oportunidad a que los mexicas
lanzaran un nuevo ataque.
La noche llego nuevamente y los españoles iniciaron
su retirada por el Camino de Tacuba, sin embargo,
la oscuridad y la lluvia los dejo indefensos,
no pudieron usar sus armas.
Los mexicas se apoderaron del puente y la calzada,
provocando alarma y confusión en el ejercito español.
Durante esa batalla muchos soldados de Cortes murieron
ahogados al caer al lago, fueron arrastrados por el peso
de sus armaduras y los cargamentos de oro y plata
Cortes perdió en esa noche la mayor parte de su ejercito,
hombres, caballos y armamento. Triste, al ver pasar los
restos de sus tropas, lloro de dolor al pie de un viejo
árbol de ahuehuete que se hallaba en el camino,
se sabia vencido por los mexicas.
Hernán Cortés Monroy Pizarro Altamirano
"La Noche Victoriosa"
Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa; Jefe de Gobierno
Lic. Víctor Hugo Romo Guerra; Delegado Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico, D.F. 20 de febrero 2013
On June 30, 1520, while the Mexicas buried the Emperor Moctezuma and assigned Cuitláhuac as his successor, Cortés prepared his departure by way of the Tepeyac Road. However, by not leaving immediately he gave the Mexicas the opportunity to launch a new attack.
It soon became night and the Spaniards had to retreat on the Tacuba Road. With the darkness and the rain they were left defenseless, and could not use their weapons to great effect.
The Mexica seized the bridge and the road, causing alarm and confusion in the Spanish army. During that battle many of Cortés' soldiers died by drowning when they fell into the lake, where they were dragged to their death by the weight of their armor and the gold and silver that they carried.
Cortés lost in one night most of his army, men, horses and armament. Sadly, as he watched the remnants of his troops pass, he wept in pain at the foot of an old ahuehuete tree on the road, and knew that he had been overcome by the Mexicas.
Hernán Cortés Monroy Pizarro Altamirano (1485-1547)
"The Victorious Night"
Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa; Head of Government
Víctor Hugo Romo Guerra; Miguel Hidalgo Delegation
Mexico, D.F., February 20, 2013
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Trees marker series.
Location. 19° 27.333′ N, 99° 10.754′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México. Marker is at the intersection of Calzada México-Tacuba and Calle Mar Blanco, on the right when traveling east on Calzada México-Tacuba. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México 11400, Mexico.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The American Cemetery in Mexico City (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Dr. Carlos Canseco González (approx. 3 kilometers away); House of Venustiano Carranza (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); The National Anthropology Museum of Mexico (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); General Ignacio López Rayón (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); General Pedro J. Méndez (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); Juan Antonio de la Fuente (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); Ramón Carmona (approx. 3.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
Regarding Plaza of the Tree of the Night of Sorrows.
The tree is known in Mexico as an "ahuehuete" (Taxodium hueglii). The trunk of the original tree is still at the location, although a large portion of it was burned from vandalism in 1980.
Categories. • Wars, Non-US •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 124 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.