“Between Scarcity and Excess: Problems over Water in Santiago Tlatelolco during the Early Colonial Period”
2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, New Orleans, Louisiana.
During the colonial period, like in the precontact era, the need of water to drink, irrigate, and obtain resources as well as the need to control flooding shaped the life of the people who lived in Santiago Tlatelolco, one of the two indigenous republics included in Mexico City. Adaptation to a lacustrine environment was the first dilemma that the Tlatelolca experienced when they founded their city. The arrival of the Spaniards and the establishment of a colonial system brought about different types of problems. In this paper, I will discuss some of the strategies that the Tlatelolca used to obtain and control water in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The purpose will be to elucidate to what degree these mechanisms reflect continuity or transformation of indigenous culture.
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