Acuecuexco Aqueduct to Tenochtitlan

In the Churubusco neighborhood of Coyoacan there were a number of springs that watered the indigenous communities there. Tenochtitlan’s Tlatoani Ahuitzotl, in a desire to feed his growing city, asked to use the water from Coyoacan, and the Acuecuexco spring, among others. Tzutzuman, ruler of Coyoacan, advised against an aqueduct into the city, that it might cause a flood, according to Duran. Whether it was unwanted advice or just the refusal to grant permission to the water, it’s not totally clear, but it seems Ahuitzotl had Tzutzuman killed.

Aqueduct Acuecuexco Diagram
Aqueduct Acuecuexco Diagram
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Tlatelolco Aqueduct and the Spring of Xancopinca

The spring is said to be the legendary hiding place of Moctezuma’s treasure and guarded by the ghost of La Malinche.

The aqueduct that fed Tlatelolco for hundreds of years originated at a mystical pool called Xancopinca, east of Atzcapozalco on the western shore of Lake Xochimilco. The aqueduct dates at least to the reign of Tezozomoc of Azcapotzalco, from 1370 to 1426.

Spring of Xancopinca shown in the Tira de Tepechpan.

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