Carl Nebel

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Las Tortilleras is one of the 50 plates in Nebel's Voyage pittoresque et archeologique dans la partie la plus interessante du Mexique Tortilleras Nebel.jpg
Las Tortilleras is one of the 50 plates in Nebel's Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la partie la plus intéressante du Mexique

Carl Nebel (18 March 1805 – 4 June 1855) was a German engineer, architect and draughtsman, [1] best known for his detailed paintings of the Mexican landscape and people during the battles of the Mexican–American War.

Germans citizens or native-born people of Germany; or people of descent to the ethnic and ethnolinguistic group associated with the German language

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Mexican–American War armed conflict between the United States of America and Mexico from 1846 to 1848

The Mexican–American War, also known in the United States as the Mexican War and in Mexico as the American intervention in Mexico, was an armed conflict between the United States of America and the United Mexican States (Mexico) from 1846 to 1848. It followed in the wake of the 1845 American annexation of the independent Republic of Texas. The unstable Mexican caudillo leadership of President/General Antonio López de Santa Anna still considered Texas to be a northeastern province and never recognized the Republic of Texas, which had seceded a decade earlier. In 1845, newly elected U.S. President James K. Polk sent troops to the disputed area and a diplomatic mission to Mexico. After Mexican forces attacked American forces, Polk cited this in his request that Congress declare war.



Carl Nebel's depiction of Sierra Indians in Voyage pittoresque et archeologique dans la partie la plus interessante du Mexique Nebel Voyage 41 Indias de la Sierra.jpg
Carl Nebel's depiction of Sierra Indians in Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la partie la plus intéressante du Mexique

Nebel was born at Altona, today a part of Hamburg. After studies in Hamburg and Paris, he travelled to America, [1] where he was a resident of Mexico from 1829 until 1834. In 1836, he published in Paris his renowned illustrated work on that country—Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la partie la plus intéressante du Méxique, with 50 lithographs made from his paintings, twenty of which were hand-colored, and an introduction by Alexander von Humboldt. [2]

Altona, Hamburg Borough of Hamburg in Germany

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Hamburg City in Germany

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In 1851, he published together with George Wilkins Kendall some of his paintings of the events of the Mexican–American War in the book The War between the United States and Mexico Illustrated. The book contained twelve color lithographs done by Adolphe Jean-Baptiste Bayot and was printed by Joseph Lemercier – a leading lithographic team of the time. [3] In both cases, Nebel's illustrations were enhanced by his making use of the newest printing developments in France.

George Wilkins Kendall (1809–1867) was a journalist, war correspondent, and pioneer Texas sheepman, known as the father of the Texas sheep business. Kendall County, Texas is named for him. Kendall was given a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1989, Marker number 2169.

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The Zócalo is the common name of the main square in central Mexico City. Prior to the colonial period, it was the main ceremonial center in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The plaza used to be known simply as the "Main Square" or "Arms Square", and today its formal name is Plaza de la Constitución. This name does not come from any of the Mexican constitutions that have governed the country but rather from the Cádiz Constitution which was signed in Spain in the year 1812. Even so, it is almost always called the Zócalo today. Plans were made to erect a column as a monument to Independence, but only the base, or zócalo was built. The plinth was buried long ago but the name has lived on. Many other Mexican towns and cities, such as Oaxaca, Mérida and Guadalajara, have adopted the word zócalo to refer to their main plazas, but not all.

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