Tlaxahuitl is the capital of Tlaxahuitlec Empire which was a great meso-american civilization before Azcapotzalco and then Aztec Triple Alliance take the domination of the region. Located on Huatlatepec Lake in the centre of Mexico, the city was a great religious, commercial, political and military centre.
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Around 1050 AD, the first inhabitants (Tlaxahuitlecs) migrated from the West of Mexico to this area because they were expelled from their lands by a warlike people. They settled next the remains of a ancient city on a lake. Gradually, the village became a city with more and more people thanks to the freshwater and chinampas which provided a lot of food. With the inspiration of neighbouring towns, the construction of the first temple ended around 1120 AD. In 1170, a war happened between Tlaxahuitl and Huatlatepec (the rival city also located next the lake). Indeed, Huatlatepec didn't like the growing power of Tlaxahuitl and tried to enslave them and rule the whole region. But Tlaxahuitl won the fight and made Huatlatepec as a vassal city-state ; the Empire was born. In 1290 AD, Tlaxahuitlec Empire was in control of six great city-states and was the most powerful state in Meso-america. But an other civilization was growing, the Tepanec Empire from Azcapotzalco. And after three wars, Azcapotzalco helped by Mexicas (another name for Aztecs) conquered the vassal city-states then crushed Tlaxahuitlec Empire and burnt a part of the city in 1402. After that, the Inhabitants, homeless and affected by starvation (because half of the food was given as a tribute by vassal city-states), migrated mostly to Tenochtitlan abandoning the city.
Tlaxahuitl was discovered by the Spanish in 1552 and after looting all the gold they could find, they built a city next the lake called San Luis, using the old stone quarries.
You can see the city as it was in 1290 AD, during the golden age of the Empire. At this time, the population is around 90000 inhabitants.
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