Visual Source: Meeting of Cortés and Xicotencatl, El Lienzo de Tlaxcala (1550)

European Exploration, Perception of the Other, and the Columbian Exchange

How did Europeans perceive the new people they encountered and how were they in turn perceived?

This image depicts the meeting of Cortés and Xicotencatl, leader of Tlaxcala from the History of Tlaxcala. The Tlaxcalans would become the allies of the Spanish in their later destruction of the Aztec empire.

 Meeting of Cortés and Xicotencatl, <i>El Lienzo de Tlaxcala</i> (1550)