March 18– The Birth of Tenochtitlan!

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March 18– The Birth of Tenochtitlan!

Written by Matthew Mendez, Journalist

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March 18, 1325 C.E.

Amid the sleepy morning mist of Lake Texcoco, the capital of the mighty Aztec empire, Tenochtitlán, is said to have been founded…

According to legend, the Aztec people, after many years of migrating from their legendary desert homeland of Aztlán , the wary nomads receive a message from Huitzilopochtli, the god of war, instructing them to settle down upon sighting an eagle, perched atop a cactus in the middle of a lake, eating a snake. Therefore, on this very day, the Aztecs are said to have encountered the omen on the shores of Lake Texcoco, prompting the wandering nation to settle down in their new home. The foundation of Tenochtitlán had major implications on the Americas, as the once destitute Aztec people would go on to dominate the Mesoamerican region and construct a truly magnificent civilization who’s legacy still permeates modern day Mexico.