Moctezuma’s Mexico City: A sinking colonial capital haunted by its Aztec ghosts

Emperor Moctezuma must be having a little chuckle to himself in the Underworld.

Five centuries after Spanish conquistadors condemned his entire civilisation to the history books – killing him in the process – the Aztec leader may finally be wreaking his much-promised revenge.

Spain’s blood-soaked arrival in Mexico in 1519 resulted in the eventual razing of Tenochtitlan – the capital of the Aztec Empire – to the ground two years later. Of course, the Spanish built a great metropolis of their own in its place.

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