La Gran Tenochtitlan - (paintings by Scott and Stuart Gentling)
an overview of the city: the upper left picture is the palace of Moctezuma Xocoyotzin. The imperial palace may have occupied over 25,000 square metres. Hernan Cortez in his letter to the king of Spain said the following:
"His residence within the city was so marvelous for its beauty and vastness that it seems to me almost impossible to describe. I shall therefore say no more of it than that there is nothing like it in Spain"
the city had a population of 350,000 making it the largest in the world in the 16th century. Picture in the second row shows the Templo Mayor or Teocallis (sacred houses) dedicated to their patron god Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc.
Third row shows the courtyards and schools to the numerous palaces throughout the city. Mandatory education was required for every person (male or female) in all ranks of society. Cortez described such palaces as:
“good as the best in spain in respect of size and workmanship both in their masonry and woodwork and their floors, and furnishings for every sort of household task!”
some facts that many Mexicans don’t know about themselves. Our ancestors independently built: cities
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