Primary Sources Sources:Cortes Describes the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan…
Primary Sources Sources:Cortes Describes the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan, 1520
This Province Is In The Form Of A Circle
In this plain there are two lagoons that almost occupy everything and are both around more than 173 miles.
One of the two lagoons is of fresh water and the
larger one is of salt water.
On one side of the lakes, in the middle of the valley, a range of highlands divides
them from one another.
The exception is a narrow strait which lies between the highlands and the lofty sierras. This strait connects the two lakes, and allows
trade to be carried on between cities and other settlements.
This province is in the form of a circle,
surrounded on all sides by high and rugged mountains.
It's plain level surface comprises an area of about 242 miles in circumference.
This great city of Tenochtitlan is situated on
an island in this salt lake.
The city is as
large as Seville or Cordova in Spain, its
streets are very wide and straight, and some
of these are half land and half water and are
navigated by canoes.
I Made Great Haste To Build Four Ships
More than 60,000 people are engaged in buying and selling there.
All kinds of merchandise are found in this market, including articles of food and jewelry made of gold and silver.
They were large enough to take ashore 300 men and the horses, whenever it should become necessary.
All Sorts Of Roots And Medicinal Herbs Are Sold
They sold medicines, ointments, and plasters.
They had a store where they serve food and drink at a certain price.
They sell every variety of birds.
They sell skins of animals like fur, feathers, beaks, claws, and heads.
They sold many kinds of green vegetables, especially onions, leeks, artichokes and thistle.
They sell rabbits, deer, and dogs for eating.
They also sold fruit such as cherries and plums.
They sold honey and wax from bees.
They Sell Many Large And Small Pots
There's a grand plaza and a grand house. There are usually 10 to 12 people which are judges who weigh in on cases and things that occur in the market and send thieves to be
They sell colors, deer hides, pots, jars, bricks, vessels, pies, fish, eggs, and articles.
There are judges who weigh in on cases and things that occur in the market and send thieves to be punished.
Usually about 10-12 people in the plaza and grand house.