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Tenochtitlan: Capital of the Aztec Empire

Jose Luis de Rojas


At the time of the Spaniards’ arrival, Tenochtitlan was the greatest city in ancient Mesoamerica. It was founded two hundred years before the Spanish conquest as a small village and grew in conjunction with Aztec military might. As Aztec territory became an empire, Tenochtitlan became the capital. Established on an island in the middle of a shallow lake, Tenochtitlan grew on land reclaimed from water as temples, houses, streets, and channels were constructed. The supply lines of food and water were well organized and people earned a living in a great diversity of ways. This book describes the ... More

Keywords: Aztecs, Tenochtitlan, city, food supply, capital, metropolis, Mesoamerica

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813042206
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jose Luis de Rojas, author