Mexico City, or the Distrito Federal, is one of the oldest, largest, and most prosperous cities in the Americas. This city of stark contrasts has been the center of Mexican culture and history since the Aztecs arrived in the city. From its founding, Mexico City has been a city of warriors, conquerors, rebels, and revolutionaries.

The Aztec god Huitzilopochtli sent his wandering subjects in search of a promised land. They sought an eagle with a serpent in its mouth perched on a cactus. The wandering tribe encountered this sign around a series of lakes in south central Mexico. This was the site of Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec empire. (more…)