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Cuajimalpa Original Settlements

The Original Settlements of Cuajimalpa are some of the earliest colonized by the Spanish. Some have long ancient histories, but most were re-established by the mid-16th century. This was due to Hernán Cortés' early intent to secure passage into the Toluca valley from Mexico City.

In fact, the area had already been a place of refuge for Tepaneca people fleeing the Triple Alliance of 1428. They were likely displacing (or at least inconveniencing) people from Chalma who'd arrived a century earlier. In fact, some Mexica and loyalists remained, here, out of reach of the Spanish until the early 18th century.

By 1534, Cortés took control of all of these lands. The names, San Pedro Cuauhximalpa, San Lorenzo Acopilco, San Mateo Tlaltenango, and San Pablo Chimalpa all date from this early period.

Each of the original settlements of Cuajimalpa has maintained at least some historical tie to the past. That makes them valuable and enriching places to visit. The pre-historic natural landscape, mountainous and often cold, only makes them more inviting.

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