Flower seller on the canals of Xochimilco
A flower seller on her boat on the canals of Xochimilco, in the south of Mexico City, which are some of the last vestiges that remain of the watery kingdom that this city was built on.
Tenochtitlan was the original city-state founded in 1325 by the Aztecs on some islands in a shallow lake called Texcoco in the Valle de Mexico. People and goods were transported in flat-bottomed canal boats. When the Spanish arrived in 1521, they began to drain the lake and fill in the canals, building on the land. Today the famous Xochimilco canals and lakes in the south are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are famous for their “trajineras”, colorful flat-bottomed boats and “chinampas”, small islands made with the mud from the bottom of the canals and used to grow vegetables.