The Fall of the Aztecs
TenochtitlánSpanish EyewitnessMontezuma's Speech

Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one of Cortés' men, describes Tenochtitlán:

When we saw all those cities and villages built on water; and the other great towns on dry land, and that straight and level causeway leading to Mexico, we were astounded. These great towns and shrines and buildings rising from the water, all made of stone, seemed like an enchanted vision from the tale of Amadis. Indeed some of our soldiers asked whether it was not all a dream. It is not surprising therefore that I should write in this vein. It was all so wonderful that I do not know how to describe this first glimpse of things never heard or, never seen, and never dreamed of before.

Bernal Diaz, "The Conquest of New Spain," c.1565

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Images of Tenochtitlán
"It was the most beautiful thing in the world."
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