The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City by Barbara E. Mundy

By Barbara E. Mundy

The capital of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan, was once, in its period, one of many biggest towns on this planet. outfitted on an island in the course of a shallow lake, its inhabitants numbered probably 150,000, with one other 350,000 humans within the city community clustered round the lake shorelines. In 1521, on the top of Tenochtitlan's strength, which prolonged over a lot of vital Mexico, Hernando Cortés and his fans conquered town. Cortés boasted to King Charles V of Spain that Tenochtitlan was once "destroyed and razed to the ground." yet was once it?

Drawing on interval representations of town in sculptures, texts, and maps, The dying of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the lifetime of Mexico City builds a powerful case that this worldwide capital remained, throughout the 16th century, greatly an Amerindian urban. Barbara E. Mundy foregrounds the function the city's indigenous peoples, the Nahua, performed in shaping Mexico urban throughout the development of everlasting structure and engagement in ceremonial activities. She demonstrates that the Aztec ruling elites, who retained strength even after the conquest, have been instrumental in development after which rebuilding the town. Mundy exhibits how the Nahua entered into together effective alliances with the Franciscans to keep up the city's sacred nodes. She additionally makes a speciality of the sensible and symbolic function of the city's notable waterworks—the manufactured from an incredible ecological manipulation all started within the 15th century—to display how the Nahua struggled to keep up keep watch over of water assets in early Mexico City.

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