Tangaxoan Tzintchicha, also known as Tangaxoan II.
The image is from a mural by Juan O’Gorman, housed at the Gertudris Bocanegra Library, in Patzcuaro, Michoacan.
Tzimtzincha-Tangaxuan II (died February 14, 1530) was the last cazonci (monarch) of the Tarascan state, the kingdom of the Purépecha from 1520–1530. He was baptized Francisco when his realm made a peace treaty with Hernán Cortés. He was executed by burning by Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán on February 14, 1530, an event consider infamous in the history of the conquest, synonymous with treachery.
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