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Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

House of Hernán Cortés

 
 
House of Hernán Cortés Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2017
1. House of Hernán Cortés Marker
Inscription.
Casa
de
Hernan Cortes.
El Ayuntamiento
en
1892.

English translation:
House of Hernán Cortés
The City Hall of 1892.

 
Erected 1892 by Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de México.
 
Location. 19° 21.013′ N, 99° 9.732′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México. Marker can be reached from Calle Ignacio Allende, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is along the facade of the Old Palace of the City Hall (el Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento) in Coyoacán, on the northern portion of the Hidalgo Garden (el Jardín Hidalgo). Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México 04000, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Agustín Lara (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Leon Trotsky’s Funeral Column (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Octavio Nicolás Fernández Vilchis (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Monument to the Mexican Fallen of 1847 (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); The Defense at the Battle of Churubusco (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Convent of Our Lady of the Angels of Churubusco
The additional marker on the building dedicated to Cuauhtémoc, the "last Aztec king" image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2017
2. The additional marker on the building dedicated to Cuauhtémoc, the "last Aztec king"
Homenaje al ultimo
Rey Azteca
la Sociedad “Cuauhtemoc”

English translation:
Tribute to the last Aztec King
the Cuauhtémoc Society
(approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Saint Patrick Battalion Plaza (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); The Dolphin House/House of the Marquess of Sierra Nevada (approx. 3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
 
Regarding House of Hernán Cortés. This marker is notable for being in error as the conqueror of Mexico Hernán Cortés never lived in this building. After the fall of Mexico-Tenochtitlán in 1521, Hernán Cortés ordered the city to be rebuilt. In the meantime, he came to live in this area known as Coyoacán, where he established the first government of New Spain. So, Coyoacán was something like the first Spanish capital of Mexico, whose main headquarters was installed in this place that is now occupied by the Old Palace of the City Hall, near the Hidalgo Garden. It is likely that some time around the marker's placement in 1892 there was confusion over the role of the building, as Cortés did have a residence some four blocks away. He lived for some time in a hacienda that today would be on Calle Fernandez Leal, near the Hacienda de Cortés restaurant.

The building that is still here today is not from 1521, but from 1756, so it is historically impossible that
House of Hernán Cortés Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2017
3. House of Hernán Cortés Marker
The markers are underneath the entrance corridor of the Old Palace of the City Hall of Coyoacán.
Cortés lived here.

There are also claims that in this same place the famous torture of Cuauhtémoc took place. Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor, and Tetlepanquetzaltzin, lord of Tlacopan, were forced to "confess" to the Spaniards where the supposed treasure of the Mexicas had been hidden. Supposedly their feet were burned until they gave up the location of the gold and other treasure. On the facade of the building there is a plaque that pays tribute "to the last Aztec king".

Since 1928 the building has been the headquarters of the Coyoacán Delegation and is a Historical Monument, declared so by the Colonial Monuments Department of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
 
Categories. ArchitectureColonial EraMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
House of Hernán Cortés Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2017
4. House of Hernán Cortés Marker
The area is heavily visited on weekends by tourists.
The nearby church of Saint John the Baptist (Templo de San Juan Bautista) image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 6, 2017
5. The nearby church of Saint John the Baptist (Templo de San Juan Bautista)
House of Hernán Cortés image. Click for full size.
6. House of Hernán Cortés
In this undated photo the markers have already been placed. (Courtesy Mediateca INAH).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 12, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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