General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 24 Sep 2017/13 Flint
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Continuing our series based on ‘The Sun Kingdom of the Aztecs’ by Victor W. von Hagen (1958/1960), Von Hagen tells the story of the Aztecs through the eyes of a 14-year-old Aztec youth, Speaking Eagle...

‘A giant causeway connected the city of Tenochtitlan with Chapultepec forest on the mainland.’
‘A giant causeway connected the city of Tenochtitlan with Chapultepec forest on the mainland.’ (Click on image to enlarge)

When the city grew larger, the Aztecs had to bring drinking water from the mainland in canoes. This took too much time, so they decided to build an aqueduct. This was a giant causeway, a bridge that connected the city of Tenochtitlan with Chapultepec forest on the mainland. This was the forest that had sheltered the Aztecs before they founded their city. Here, trees grew to great heights, and were so big that twenty men holding hands could not encircle the trunks of the greatest trees. Springs of fresh water gushed from the ground in this forest...

‘This great feat of the Aztecs made them proud of their people...’
‘This great feat of the Aztecs made them proud of their people...’ (Click on image to enlarge)

Within two years, there was not one, but two great ceramic pipes as thick as a man’s body running the length of the bridge into Chapultepec forest. Soon fresh water was available in all parts of the city. It was piped into fountains where, as Speaking Eagle well knew, the women went each morning and night to fill the large red water jars which they took back to their homes. All the boys in the clan school knew about this great feat of the Aztecs...

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