Feb 122010

Aztec place glyphs drawn in the 16th century Codex Mendoza suggest that the Aztecs had all the major branches of geography covered.

Physical geography

Poctépec = hill that smokes (volcano)

Human geography

Teocalcingo = where the temple is

Economic geography

Michmaloyan = place to fish

The Aztecs clearly knew their geography!

[Extract from chapter 1 of Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico]

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