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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter focuses on the Mexica capital of the Aztec Empire by examining spatial organization, population size, urban extent, and the various occupations of Tenochtitlan’s inhabitants. The size and population of this island city are hotly debated. Encompassing an area of ca.13–15 km2, they reclaimed land from the lakes to build artificial islands and connected them with channels and bridges in an engineering feat that became one of the city’s highlights. This chapter also delves into daily life and important ceremonies, assessing the foundation of the city in terms of the history of the Mexica and the beginning of the empire and its development.

Keywords: Tenochtitlan, daily life, population, Mexica, Aztec Empire, capital, urbanism

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