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Lake reincarnation

Lake Texcoco was the central and biggest of the lakes surrounding Tenochtitlan. After 1521 the Conquistadors drained much of it, though portions remain. Mexico is building the Lake Texcoco Ecological Park, which will restore much of the lake and will be a great tourist destination.  

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Burning Books

More book-lover’s heartbreak: The Mexica/Azteca wrote in Nahuatl hieroglyphics, their libraries filled with deerskin or bark-paper codices. The Conquistadors and Christian missionaries burned them, 15 codices surviving. The Aztecs were great poets, the burning a loss for the world.

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