The engraving shows one of the first representations we have of the eruption of Popocatepetl volcano and nearby, Iztaccíhualtl located in central Mexico, which in Nahuatl (Mexican ancient language) means “smoking mountain ‘. These volcanoes near the ancient Aztec ancient capital, was on the route followed by the Spanish troops to reach it, the so-called “Paso de Cortes”.
We can see in the engraving also honoring indigenous military appointments. At the bottom, like text on the reverse side of the sheet it has this interesting seventeenth century engraving.
Copper plate engraving and coloring extracted from an edition of ” De nieuwe in Onbekende Weereld: America en’t of Beschryving van Zuid-land ” Danish theologian and historian Arnoldus Montanus
(1625-1683) published in Amsterdam in 1671 by the Dutch Jacob van Meurs .Eruption of Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhualtl volcano (Mexico) Montanus, 1671