Monument

Lake Texcoco presented itself to Hernán Cortés in the manner of an apparition, like an enormous inner sea: from the shoreline that today has become but a dot on a busy street of the city of Texcoco, the conqueror observed that the “tide” of the lake rose and fell between rainy and dry seasons, and was surprised to find that, in its immense surface, the opposite shore would become lost from sight, revealing the lake as an oceanic continuum of water losing itself in the horizon. In this exact place, seemingly, Cortés unloaded the deconstructed ships that he had been carrying by land, unbuilt, to then assemble them, readying them to sail in the salty waters of the lake and conquer Tenochtitlán with his fleet of colossal vessels. The Bridge of the Briggs Memorial, that anonymous site of the city of Texcoco, signals the lake’s border near the year 1521, in the early days of the Valley of Mexico conquest. This monument today comprises a column made of stone, crowned by a spire and an etched plaque, amidst a plaza measuring some ten square meters, framed by three walls painted pink, a couple of park benches, and a plant pot. [...]