Map of Lake Texcoco circa 2016.


Lake Texcoco was the largest body of water in the entire central Mexican region by the time Hernán Cortés descried its shores in the distance, mistaking them for an “inner sea.” However, around 1971 its lakebed was completely desiccated. If we were to superimpose a map of today’s Mexico City upon a hydrographic map of this same region dated around 1600, water would cover almost every construction of the modern metropolis, from Lindavista on the city’s northern edge, all the way to the southern borough of Coyoacán and beyond; from where Chapultepec Woods’ end in the west, extending all the way eastbound, past the Benito Juárez Airport, flooding it all as it reaches the city of Texcoco. Salt water would cover it all, rising, expanding its shores every year, when in the months of June and August, heavy rain would fall upon the region.

Animist Museum of Lake Texcoco’s collecting sites, Texcoco basin territorial partitions, Mexico City New International Airport’s construction site and its zone of influence circa 2018.

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