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Dreaming of Dry Land: Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City

Vera S. Candiani


Tracing the long history of one of the most complex drainage projects in the early modern world, this book aims to explain what colonization looked like on the ground and how it affected land, water, ecosystems, and humans, as well as the relationships among them. Through the Desagüe de Huehuetoca, as the drainage project was called, Spanish settlers and urban elites in the City of Mexico sought to desiccate the enclosed lake system that surrounded their capital and periodically flooded it. Involving thousands of indigenous laborers, as well as requiring huge amounts of money, materials, and m ... More

Keywords: History of hydraulics, colonization, environmental change, Mexico City, military engineering, rural history, urban history, public works, drainage projects, early modern Atlantic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804788052
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804788052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vera S. Candiani, author