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Hernán Cortés' Flags, 1519-1521 (Spain)

Last modified: 2010-10-08 by eugene ipavec
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I'm trying to find the banner or flag of Hernán Cortés without any success. I saw it in a book, long red banner with an angel or similar, seemed to have wings and a halo, I presume it was on his ship.

William Richards, 15 Jul 2005

The book "Banderas de España," by Jose L. Calvo and Luis Gravalos (1983) [cpe83] has illustrations of two flags related to Hernán Cortés.

Jose C. Alegria, 16 Jul 2005

Hernán Cortés' Standard, 1519-1521

[Hernán Cortés Standard, 1519-1521 (Spain)]

Cavalry Standard of the Conquest of Mexico, 1519-1521

[Cavalry Standard of the Conquest of Mexico, 1519-1521 (Spain)]
images by Eugene Ipavec, 19 Mar 2010
This flag is kept at the Castle of Chapultepec, Mexico. Red with an image of the Virgin Mary. The leyend "este estandarte fue el que trajo don fernando cortes en la conquista de mejico" ("this standard was the one carried by fernando cortes in the conquest of mexico") was embroidered leter. Swallow-tailed red flag with a representation of the Holy Spirit (dove). Codice Azcatitlan, National Library, Paris, France.
Jose C. Alegria, 16 Jul 2005