Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ancient Wonders of North America: Tenochtitlan

Tenochtitlan is located where down town Mexico City is today.  It was originally built on an island.  Legend says the people were told to look for a place with an eagle on a cactus with a snake in its beak.  This is where they found the eagle.  Tenochtitlan means the place of the prickly cactus.  The city was built with canals through the city for travel from one spot to another.  The water was too salty to drink, so aqueducts were built to transport water.  The city was built in about 1325 AD.  This was the city to which Cortez was lead when he conquered the Aztecs.  Montezuma was worried about the legend of a white God appearing among them and for this reason Cortez was able to gain entry to the city. 

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