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Tlatelolco

Tlatelolco is an area in Mexico City, centered around the Plaza de las Tres Culturas[?], a square surrounded on three sides by an excavated Aztec pyramid, the 17th century church Templo de Santiago[?], and the modern office complex of the Mexican foreign ministry.

During the Aztec rule, it was the market district of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, probably one of the largest in the Americas. According to Conquistador Bernal Diaz[?], it was larger than any market any of the Spaniards had seen, even those of Venice and Constantinople. When the conquistadors lead by Cortes[?] lay siege to Tenochtitlan, and conquered and razed it district by district, the Aztecs, lead by Cuautemoc, were finally confined to Tlatelolco, where they made their last stand, and were defeated and slaughtered by the conquistadors. Over 40,000 Aztec men, women, and children perished at Tlatelolco on August 13, 1521.

In 1967, the Treaty of Tlatelolco[?] was signed, designating several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as nuclear weapons-free zones. Since then, almost all Latin American and Caribbean countries have become signatories to the treaty.

On October 2nd, 1968, the plaza was the scene of the Tlatelolco massacre, in which more than 300 student protestors were killed by army and police.



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