Tenochtitlan: Capital of the Aztec Empire by José Luis de Rojas

By José Luis de Rojas

“An up to date and particularly considerate learn of the Aztec capital urban of Tenochtitlan, delving into the various and sundry concerns and difficulties confronted by way of any city.”—Frances F. Berdan, writer of Aztecs of vital Mexico

“Provides a accomplished view of existence within the Aztec capital urban, bringing jointly a large choice of archaeological and documentary details to ascertain all facets of the city’s background, association, and day-by-day life.”—Janine Gasco, coeditor of The Legacy of Mesoamerica

Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire prior to the Spanish conquest, rivaled the other nice urban of its time. In Europe, in basic terms Paris, Venice, and Constantinople have been greater. Cradled within the Valley of Mexico, town is exclusive between New global capitals in that it used to be good defined and chronicled through the conquistadors who as a result demolished it. which means, although centuries of redevelopment have pissed off efforts to entry the traditional city’s is still, a lot could be identified approximately its city panorama, politics, financial system, and religion.

even if the town instructions loads of realization from archaeologists and Mesoamerican students, little or no has been written in English for a non-technical viewers. during this attention-grabbing e-book, eminent professional José Luis de Rojas offers an obtainable but authoritative exploration of Tenochtitlan—interweaving glimpses into its population’ day-by-day lives with the wider tales of urbanization, tradition, and the increase and fall of the Aztec Empire. whereas so much Aztec reviews are inclined to specialize in extra magnificent actions like struggle and human sacrifice, this quantity specializes in the basics—things like development, nutrients, and jobs—bringing the Aztec capital to existence whereas bettering our knowing of its culture.

José Luis de Rojas is professor of anthropology on the Complutense collage of Madrid. he's the writer of approximately a dozen books, including Ethnohistory of the United States, The Indian Monies and Their Use in New Spain, and The Aztecs.


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Each neighborhood had its own authorities, temple, and school, which was called telpochcalli (house of youth) and was led by a teacher, or telpochtlato. 1). The best buildings were near the center of the city. Friar Diego Durán (1581, chap. ” There must have been many of the latter, not only those who had achieved status by fighting in wars but The Construction of a Metropolis · 43 also representatives of the subject towns who had homes in the capital reflecting their rank: In this great city there are very nice and very large houses, and the reason for so many large houses is that all of the lords of the land, vassals of Muteczuma[,] have their houses in the city and reside there during part of the year.

The growth of the city during his reign meant that measures had to be taken to ensure access to water, since the Chapultepec aqueduct no longer provided a sufficient supply. He decided to construct another aqueduct that would draw water from the Acuecuexco spring in Coyoacan. The lord of this locality warned him of the risks he was taking, but he was killed for his trouble. When the aqueduct was opened, the Mexica could not control the water, and it flooded the city. With considerably difficulty, the flow of water was stopped, and professional divers inspected the spring and repaired the problem.

1372. It is interesting that Acamapichtli appears twice in the Mendoza Codex. The first instance was in the year 1 Tecpatl with a glyph that can be read as “cihuacoatl,” the position that would later be the “second in command” in the Mexica organization. Seven years later, in 8 Acatl, he appears as tlahtoani. The commentary in the codex states that the first appearance refers to the start of his reign, while the second indicates his rise to power. 3). It is interesting to note that when Acamapichtli arrived at Tenochtitlan, the new leader of Tlatelolco was Cuacuapitzahuac, one of the sons of the powerful Tezozomoc of Azcapotzalco.

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